Being a West Elm Local Artist

 
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As 2017 wraps up one of the highlights has been working with West Elm in our local Baltimore store.  They are an amazing company that invest in local creatives. 

I started last December with a holiday pop-up and in the planning for that inspired me to introduce ornaments to my inventory.  I have so enjoyed painting them and knowing that a bit of my art is on your Christmas tree.

The local Baltimore store carries a variety of my prints all year long.  You can even call the store and have them sent to you if you're not local!

 "Return" 16x20 print

"Return" 16x20 print

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Recently they asked if I would provide some larger original paintings to display throughout. Um..yes!!! I really think they fit in perfect!

 "Shed" 48x60", "Unfolding" 36x48", "Ancestral" 36x48"

"Shed" 48x60", "Unfolding" 36x48", "Ancestral" 36x48"

 "Impulsive" 36x36"

"Impulsive" 36x36"

This past week I had two pop-up events!  My favorite thing about setting up a table is that I get to meet so many people and chat with them about what I do.  A bonus is that friends and family stop by, and that always make me feel so loved.  It's a great combo.  Aside from the traditional pop-up I set up for a Baltimore Cake & Whiskey event on Thursday night as well.  I love attending these events as a guest.  It's an awesome mix of women in business a signature cocktail and cake! Is that not the best combo?!  I loved having a table set up and hearing amazing feed back from these talented ladies. 

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Okay, back to the last few orders of 2017!!

Interview

So in the spirit of keepin' it real..... I did this Skype interview.  Just kidding.  I was so tickled that Alexis asked Marissa and I to be a part of this awesome interview series!  As you know finding time to co-ordinate time to chat is hard.  Just asked Marissa at how horrible I am at it. 

So I managed to find some time on a day I thought my son was late at school.  Turns out he wasn't.  I initially thought it was going to be a written interview.  It wasn't.  I rushed from the gym, to school pick up and then jumped on this Skype interview.  So I am not looking my best.  Once you get passed my appearence I hope you can enjoy.  It was so lovely to talk to Alexis and she herself is a fabulous painter.  You can find her work here.  Then you must check out her awesome project that talks about the art business, and you can view a lot of other amazing interviews too! Find all that goodness

Here is the link to the video if it doesn't appear.

The holiday's

I love the holidays.  I usually like to enjoy the commradarie of Thanksgiving before diving into celebrating Christmas.  But just.  We always go to cut down our tree the day after.  I love celebrating the traditions of my childhood and creating new ones as our family. 

One thing I try so hard to stick to, is that the holidays should be enjoyed not overwhelming.  I rather "do" than "buy".  I love taking the kids in their pjs to look at holiday lights.  My mother always has a christmas party.  We bake cookies and watch our favorite movies. 

I try to limit our responsabilities because my all time favorite is to enjoy my family in the beautiful light of the tree.  To linger over meals, get together with friends and to make sure we aren't so busy we miss all the good stuff. 

It's a busy time of year for both of my professions, so I am even more diligent in setting time aside that is only for family.  I also am trying this year to stick to cut off dates for orders, so that I am not crazy up to the last minute. 

As with anything, it really does come down to state of mind. 

Where the Land Meets the Sea

I find that each time an opportunity for a show arises, even though I have plenty of painting inventory, I get an overwhelming desire to create something new. 

It was no different with "Immerse".  This desire is not always convenient, but never the less I follow it where it leads. 

In this case I was so please with the outcome.  A few new encaustics flowed perfectly.  The each feel to me like the ocean receding, approaching and leaving it's mark on the shore.

 "Exhale" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Exhale" 12x12" encaustic on panel

 "Imagine" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Imagine" 12x12" encaustic on panel

 "Retreat" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Retreat" 12x12" encaustic on panel

IMMERSE + LANDSCAPEis up until August 18th

GALLERY ACLURE, 9 Rector St, Sag Harbor NY

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I wanted to add a few more images from last weekend.  The light in our Airbnb was magical!

We spent Saturday visiting Montauk's lighthouse and The Pollock-Krasner House.

After reading biographies on both of them it was awesome to see the house.  It was truly spectacular to stand in Pollocks studio and marvel at the paint left behind.  It was a great size for a space too....I took a mental note in my studio dream file!

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 Pollocks studio floor

Pollocks studio floor

 Montauk

Montauk