Erin Donahue Tice
Abstract Artist

Faced with an hour to yourself (perhaps a problem you don’t often have), what do you do with free time?

I hate to admit it, but reality TV is my friend. If I have an hour to myself you can find me watching one of the Housewives franchises (New York, Beverly Hills or OC)…OR watching House Hunters International. I love to fantasize about living in a foreign country and this show lets me daydream!

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?

I have recently become obsessed with “Confidence in a Cream” by It Cosmetics – it is so hydrating and I wake up feeling much more refreshed and dewy when I wear it overnight.

What’s the last song you listened to?

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. It happens to be the theme song to the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, which my sons are obsessed with….so we listen to the song on repeat in the car and well, pretty much everywhere! It does get me pumped up though, so I get it!Did you learn anything new in the last 12 months that has surprised you?

I learned that I need a lot less than I thought I did to be content. I went for almost a year without a manicure or pedicure, hardly went out to eat for months, worked out virtually, had friend dates by walking through my neighborhood, and spent A LOT of time nesting at home with my husband and our boys. It was quiet and simple and surprisingly I liked quarantine a ton more than I thought I would.

What is a parenting quality you admire in one of your parents, friends of siblings that you’d like to emulate when you become a mother?

This is my third baby, so I’m always learning from myself and past mistakes and successes – BUT, I truly admire both of my parents for always taking such an interest in whatever it was that I was interested in. For a long time during childhood and adolescence, it was dance. My dad was such a great “Dance Dad” and never missed one of my competitions! My mom would watch my silly shows with me after school just so we could spend time together. Even if it wasn’t their own interest, my parents found a way to show how much they cared. I hope to do the same for my boys.

2020 has dealt us all with lots of challenges - what was a low moment in 2020 and how did you overcome or face it? 

When COVID first hit, many of my Spring 2020 art shows were cancelled and I was super bummed. I decided to pivot and start hosting my own art shows via Instagram Live. It turned into a monthly series of art shows throughout the rest of 2020 and gave me an entirely new way to connect with my collectors!What are you most looking forward to in a post-vaccine world? What bar, restaurant, or place are you most eager to visit?

I’m dying to visit Blackberry Farm in TN with my husband. And also to get back to the Hamptons with my family as it’s truly my happiest place.

Do you believe in setting personal goals? If so, how do you hold yourself accountable to them?

I do set general goals for myself, but I leave a lot of room for flexibility. My biggest goal is to be a loving and responsible wife and mom. If my kids and my husband aren’t happy, then I know I need to check myself and change up my approach! Life is all about learning as we go and knowing when to pivot.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

Community is very important to me. Even though Covid was tough in terms of maintaining relationships, we found ways to stay connected to others such as outdoor playdates, Facetime dates with the grandparents, forming a pod for my older son to attend Pre-K this past year, and dropping off cookies and treats for our neighborhood friends when we couldn’t see each other in person. I’m excited to get back to a sense of normalcy and especially to start having adult dinner parties again – I love entertaining and have really missed it!Shop Erin's Look: Drop Waist Shift Dress