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The Full Story

Thought I'd open this blog site with an introduction to me!

My names Bodhi (after the tree, not Point Break).

I'm a mum of a cuddly infant and a rambunctious toddler. I have a loving wife and a crazy ass standard poodle.

family photo, two mums, two babies and a poodle

I spend most of my time chasing my toddler and holding my barnacle baby. We like to spend time in nature, around animals and with our friends. I'm also a sucker for some retail therapy.

As a parent I try to encourage independence through closeness and through this I have come to see the world through the eyes of my children.

This drives my art.

toddler bodhi colouring in

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I could hold a pen. But after school I lost my passion for it. My mental health was at an all time low and I had no motivation to do much, let alone create.

As the people around me started growing their families, the spark was reignited.

I began creating art for my friends' nurseries. I felt that something handmade meant a lot more than something store bought. From here I started painting their pregnancy ultrasounds. Then it was my turn to start expanding my little family. Being in a same sex relationship we knew it'd be a journey, but we weren't prepared for quite how complicated it was gonna get. This is when I started painting embryo images. I was awed by how something so small and seemingly insignificant could hold so much meaning and just had to bring it to life.

After getting pregnant with our second baby I decided I wanted to commit to my art and try to develop my skills further. With this I decided to sell my art. I couldn't find many people in Australia who painted ultrasounds and embryos so I thought there's a space for me to fill.

There's something so special in being invited into someone's parenting journey. It's a privileged place to be.

ultrasound painting on bedside table

When I started thinking about selling my art and made an etsy account I generally painted for others and very rarely kept copies of my work. I had shut down the creating to express yourself element. After having children it was like someone turned on the lights. The world was full of colour and excitement and I absolutely had to record it somehow. This is when I started creating for me again.

It took me a while to wade through the self doubt and work out what I wanted this to look like.

Which brings me here.

Welcome to my new website.

It contains my growing art portfolio, my store and my blog.


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