CS: You recently transitioned into work as a full-time artist. What inspired you to make the leap?
FC: It wasn't an easy leap, but it did feel inevitable. I had grown out of my last position in many ways, and the volume of work was so high that it left me with little energy to create on my own. I'm now still able to design screen-prints for my former employer (a nonprofit theater group), which was the one aspect of my job that I truly loved 100 percent.
What finally inspired me to go out on my own was this realization hitting me like a ton of bricks: if I was to truly live my authentic life, I had better stop wasting time and just live it already.
A week before I made the leap I saw Wildwood in a book store – written by husband-and-wife team Colin Meloy of the Decemberists and Carson Ellis, who is an amazing artist/illustrator. It's beautiful. At first, I wanted to cry and thought to myself, "Why can't I be doing stuff like this? I'm wasting my life away . . . blah, blah, blah." And then it occurred to me that I could be doing stuff like that. It's just a matter of doing it. Pretty simple, but we humans are really good at making life way more complicated than it needs to be.