I am an artist, designer, mother to 3 teenagers and wife to my amazing husband Erik, for twenty-two years. We have been fortunate enough to live on the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States with the occasional adventure abroad. Making friends in each new community has given me an appreciation for how vibrant and varied our world truly is.
I grew up in a large family full of creatives. My Dad owned a music store and was into art and printing. My sisters were into theater and fashion. My brothers loved to dance, and my mother introduced me to the world of home décor.
I took art in college and loved it, but unfortunately had a professor who was always criticizing my work as “too decorative.” It was enough to dissuade me from continuing along that path. I still painted on rare occasions for myself as a creative outlet, but never shared my work. Interior design became the focus for my creative energies.
In early 2020 when the pandemic hit and the world shut down, my design business got put on hold. I needed to do something creative. On a whim, I grabbed some watercolors out of my kiddos school supplies. I didn’t have quality paper to paint on, so I just grabbed some printer paper and started painting. Before I knew it 8 hours had passed, and I was still in my PJ’s and my kids were asking “Mom, what’s for dinner?” I hadn’t even had breakfast!
It was like a lid that had been holding back years of repressed creativity had been pried off. I was obsessed. Over the next few days, I painted and painted and painted. Time stood still for me as I got lost in my art, while the world continued to go on around me.
In July of 2020 I released my first watercolor collection and half of it had sold out in the first week. In October, I launched my first set of vintage framed pieces and the entire collection sold out in under 30 minutes. It was at that point I realized I was onto something and needed to press into this new business.
In early 2021 my husband came on board to help with all my marketing, operations and build the overall business structure so I could focus on painting. I am a creative, I am messy, and I have been known to jump out of bed in the middle of the night with a flash of inspiration for a piece I was working on (which of course needs to be implemented immediately!) So, yeah. He basically “keeps the train on the rails” as I press forward into my art. We make a great team and have been excited about the possibilities ever since.