Ben is Nancy's youngest son. He is a College Wrestling Coach at Doane University in Nebraska. Here's our phone conversation:
OB: Tell us about your mom's artistic influence on you.
BR: My mom being an artist influenced everything. For the longest time I never noticed it. It's funny because I am the jockand the youngest in the family andwhen you're young you think that you can't push art and sports together. As I got older, I found myself picking things artistically, like, clothes and other detailed things.
When I was young she would take us to art shows and I hated them because I thought they wereboring. Now that I'm older I appreciate the exposure to art because I feel more cultured and I enjoy making art, too. Igot a studio art minor and enjoyed taking art history, too.
OB: What do you find in common with your mother?
BR: We're both very fiery and passionate about what we do. I am a coach and she teaches art. that's where we apply our passion, through sharing and teaching others.
OB:Do you have any specific memories about your mom's art from early on in your life?
BR: I remember my mom painted the sets for our middle school plays for free by herself. I remember she would be there for hours and hours painting these sets. My mom can't half-ass anything. She would come paint these sets after she had been painting in her studio all day. She'd do this every day for, like, three months. She did that for around ten years and we weren't even IN any of the plays!!
OB: What have you seen in your mom's work ethic that you admire?
BR: She has this compulsion for creating. She has to do it. When you go into her studio you can see it- the oil bar marks on the walls and just the sheer volume of work that she has built up over the years.
OB: Do you have any other stories about your mom that you would like to share?
BR: Here's one: There was this one time that I was in her garden. I was trying to critique her- to try and ruffle her feathers because I thought it was funny, I guess. So, I started suggesting some poppy colors- her garden has a lot of green tones- she has these weird mossy plants that weaves through everything. I suggested some pinks or oranges would look nice and she looked at me, horrified, and said "Why would you think that would be a good idea?!". It was very funny how she reacted to such a suggestion. She's a color expert, you know.
Alright. Well, that's all from the boys. We'll be back soon with more stories and chats from Nancy's World!