We had the good fortune of connecting with Helen Lary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Helen, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
As a parent, we are pulled in so many different directions within our home life, work life, after school actives, sporting events and the list goes on and on. Things can get so busy with three kids, but my husband and I have realized that one on one time with each of our kids is super important. It allows us to give them our undivided attention and also be able to really dive in deep. As an artist, I love bringing them into the studio and painting with them. It gives us something fun to do together and it’s not so forced. My kids will open up and tell me stories and I get to ask questions I might not always get to ask when there are too many things going on. Art has been such a fun outlet for me and my kids and letting them just play is something I’m holding onto tightly. Time is flying by and the more we pour into our kids and spend quality time, the better! I also think having a hobby turn into a business is a really good thing for my kids to witness. I hope they see that I’m working at something I love and doing it with my whole heart. I would love for my kids to find something they are passionate about and follow that path!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think the challenge when you are young is to find that special something and turn it into a career. That’s the dream, right?! It can be daunting when you have no idea what is out there or where your talents lie. I didn’t always know painting was going to be my thing. I didn’t find it until I tried it for myself after the purchase of our first home and I was looking for a special piece of art. I became instantly mesmerized and haven’t stopped painting since! When I was in my 20’s I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After I found myself in remission(hallelujah!), I had this newfound zest for life and I decided to really lean into the things that brought me joy and meaning. Not only was painting something I felt passionate about, but it also brought me the opportunity to share that joy with others. And turning this passion into a small business has just been icing on the cake!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a gal who enjoys a good itinerary! I love starting the day with some exercise and White Rock Lake is the perfect place to take a friend for a long walk or bike ride. Then visiting a special exhibit at the DMA is always interesting and beautiful! Lunch afterwards across the street at Klyde Warren Park is great when it’s a beautiful day. Sneaking in some time to go consignment shopping is always fun and one of my favorite things to do! And pre-covid, my idea of a great night is to enjoy some Tex-Mex or sushi and an outdoor concert. The Dallas Arboretum, The Rustic and the Toyota Music Factory are all great locations!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Support means everything when you have your own business and I have received so much support from those who follow my journey on social media, my friends, my community, local and national businesses and of course, my family. They all give me such encouragement to keep at it and inspire me to create. I would not have the business I have now without every single one of them!
Andrea Murry Photography (first three pictures)