I started this painting a long time ago in response to Josh's song "Our Love". The way it feels to be out on the highways chasing down your dreams with the love of your life beside you.
A funny thing has happened to me lately. I had a baby and where I thought this would be the beginning of the end of my life as an artist. The exact opposite has happened. I am painfully aware of how little time I have. Life is moving faster and faster everyday. I feel like I stepped onto the wheel and now I can see how quickly I will be in my 40s, 50s, 60s, in no time at all. And if I don't spend each day doing what I want to do with my life, I will miss out on my chance to do it at all. I lost the luxury to procrastinate. I got too busy to waste time. And I no longer want to put off living. While I take care of my girl, I am thinking about what I will do when I have a free five minutes. It might be a list of 20 things but the pace of baby allows me to prioritize and start with the most important thing. And I have realized day after day that this thing, the most important thing to me is painting. When I have 5 minutes, I want to spend it making art. The speed of life is so frenetic now and I just wish I hadn't spent so much time trying to decide what to do. I wish I had spent my 20s doing instead of thinking. But too late for that now, 30s are for the doing, because I don't have time to sit around and think about doing something. If I waste my time, the baby will wake up and I won't get to paint at all. Less time more do.
Eliza Rogan is a muralist, painter, and illustrator. She travels coast to coast with her musician husband, Josh Rogan in their 1962 Airstream Trailer. These are the stories of their adventures, the people you meet along the way, and the challenges of being an artist.