Michigan artist, Curtis Wiklund, and his wife have been married for about eight years and they are going to be parents to a baby girl soon. Curtis has been sketching moments from their lives on paper for about four years now.
The pictures feature his wife, Jordin and their two sons, Casen and Hayden. Curtis talks about how it was the intense pain of losing the first baby was what made him start drawing. It was a sort of catharsis and it helped him get around the trauma of what was happening to him and his family. He says he draws something that evokes an emotion so strong that he cannot explain it in words, so he uses his art. These moments are seemingly really normal and general, but they hold special meaning in the Wiklund’s hearts.
Wiklund also mentions that how it is his way of holding on to moments that he would never want to forget in the vortex of time.
He says it was Jordin, his wife who made him get into the regular habit of sketching and putting it out for everyone to see when she was starting a yearlong photo project herself. Curtis found people who greatly appreciated his work and hoping that someone else will find solace and support when they see his art.
Wiklund hopes every day that when people go through his art, they find their emotions in them. He hopes that they find an artist and art that warms their heart and gives them strength to just hang on for as long as they can and remember that even whatever they are going through shall pass. Wiklund says that there was nothing that helped him cope with his pain other than making art. He felt like he was capturing moments that make up his life, and he found very little things in his life that he appreciates beyond measure.
When one goes through his art, they will find art with his wife’s face on his shoulder as they kids play about and quickly kissed before he leaves for work, and other moments that seem mundane but are infinitely beautiful.