Juliana Hatfield trades music career for the canvas

If you’re waiting to see Juliana Hatfield take the stage, don’t hold your breath. The former Blake Baby is, unbeknownst to many of her fans, enrolled in an intensive art program at the Museum of Fine Arts, and it seems her singing career is very much on hold. In an interview with, Hatfield says painting - not performing - is her new passion. “I want to paint. That is probably going to sound so pretentious coming from someone who’s been a musician. It’s weird, no one even knows I’m doing this school. . . . I haven’t really told anyone.’’ Hatfield says she made a change in part because, at 44, she feels old. “The whole thing about rock music, pop music, is it’s really for kids. The last show that I played was in August. I was up there with a bass player and a drummer and I felt like such an idiot. I’ve outgrown this. It is really unbecoming. I don’t feel that this is right anymore. I felt ridiculous playing electric guitar and singing songs.’’