Passing on the artistic gene


We all have a talent.  Some of us can sing, some can write, some can dance, others can play a musical instrument.  I know I personally marvel at someone who can draw, paint or sculpt.  It boggles my mind to see someone turn a blank canvas into a spectacular work of art.

All of my kids have inherited some sort of talent.  My oldest daughter is a writer. She’s had several poems published as well as a children’s picture book.  She is currently a teacher in Seattle, Washington and has an uncanny ability to pick up on other languages.  She is currently learning to speak, write and converse in Nepali and Hindi.

my daughter’s book

My middle daughter sings like an angel and loves the theater.  She won several awards in high school for her singing.  She’s also an amazing artist and designer.  She is currently going for her Master’s degree in theater Costume Design and will graduate in May 2013.  Her internships include the Santa Fe Opera, Tibbets Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan, and the famous Maltz Theater in Jupiter, Florida.  The Winston-Salem Journal even featured her in one of their news articles you can read here.

My oldest son possesses many talents.  He can play several musical instruments including saxophone, contra-base clarinet and guitar.  He is also a fantastic artist, inheriting his father’s gene to be able to look at a piece of wood and create something beautiful from it.  This morning he completed (except for some small touch-ups and a few coats of polyurethane) his most recent project and largest undertaking to date.  He drew the design of the queen trigger fish by hand, then carved and wood-burned the design.  Isn’t it spectacular?  And he did all from  memory.

My youngest son is musically inclined, playing saxophone and alto, tenor and base clarinets.  His passion though is computers, video games and weapons.  He can tell you anything you want to know about military arsenal back to medieval days.  He’s still in high school and is weighing his options for the future.  Ever since he was little he’s show a propensity for the military, so I wouldn’t be surprised that’s where he ends up.  It’s second nature to him.  He still loves to pick up a clarinet now and then and belt out a tune.  I hope he never loses his passion for music.

Yes, my kids are amazing.  I always wanted another writer in the family.  I got more than that.  I got a variety of artists in my family, and I am in awe and so proud of every one of them.

What talents do you have?  What others run in your family?

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6 thoughts on “Passing on the artistic gene

  1. How wonderful that your daughters both like to write! My two kids take more after their mathematically-inclined father, but my son does have the love for the visual arts that was passed down from my father. They both have my love of music, which makes me proud. I love how genetics works in such mysterious ways. 🙂

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  2. Aww, love this, Jenny! Your kiddos sound amazing!

    My daughter inherited my creative gene. She loves to draw/color/craft, as well as write stories, though she’s only five so her “books” aren’t exactly epic yet. 🙂 She loves to sing and dance too, but she definitely didn’t get those talents from her mama!

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  3. I am a visual artist (mostly printmaking, painting, and fiber arts), dancer, singer, and I guess now a writer as well. I’ve had to give up serious pursuit of dance after a couple of injuries. One of my brothers and my sister are also singers. That same brother can also draw beautifully and writes science-fiction on occasion. My sister is quite accomplished at playing the flute (and also plays the piccolo). I’ve always admired her ease with instruments, because I simply didn’t have the patience/skill to become very adept at playing the violin or piano. My father draws well, though he won’t do it unless pressed.

    My other brother, bless his beautiful heart, says he “doesn’t have much imagination”. His gifts are of the interpersonal variety. Kindness, empathy, thoughtfulness, and tolerance. My husband’s family are very social, but not very artistic (most say they don’t “get” art) except for one uncle who recently showed with Chris Burden and other artists in Los Angeles. He is a sculptor.

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    1. what an eclectic group! My mom gave up on the violin because she said it was so difficult to learn. I always wanted to play the piano. Never took lessons, though I do have a small keyboard I play around with now and then.

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