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April 12, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Morli Wilcox’s artistic and personal lives intertwine. As the stay-at-home mom of Elliott, 5, she paints while she cooks gluten-free blueberry lavender lime cookies in her kitchen studio, which is full of light. She leaves her art to dry in her music room where she composes songs. Wilcox is currently working on paintings that will be on display at Make Scents beginning April 20. She will have approximately 20 pieces in the show.
A series of colorful teaching posters hangs above her easel. She started home schooling her son after he expressed an interest in creating along with her.
A whale of a time
Sitting next to two large windows, her easel drinks up the sunlight. The sunshine is her favorite part of her studio. She says she plans to call the piece she is working on Water Machine. She worked on it vertically on her easel, but when she turned it to the side, it turned into a whale. Wilcox says she’ll probably display it horizontally.
Wilcox’s mother, Terri, died in November of 2011. Wilcox keeps two photos of her on her refrigerator. In one from the 1970s, her mom sits smiling in the garden. A more recent photo shows a vibrant woman watching over her. Her mother was the one who introduced her to the art world. She often held grandiose parties for Dallas artists in the 1970s.
Local artist Morli Wilcox explains the benefits of her in-home studio for her career and for her 5-year-old son, Elliott. Produced by Bethany Christo