Monday, January 31, 2011


How was your weekend?  Mine was especially enjoyable.
Temps in the 70's, sunshine, some great company, sushi and a little bossa nova & relaxation.

Here's the latest from my studio, an original painting of more blue and white porcelain. This piece was painted on gessoed board with painted blue 1 inch edges. It's all ready to hang or set on a shelf or table. If you don't want the original, a print is also available in 2 different sizes - all are here in my shop. I know that a lot of you have requested more blue and white, so here's proof that I am listening and aim to please!!

Friday, January 28, 2011


A special thanks to Kelly Market for featuring a post on my needlepoint kits.  Needlepoint is experiencing a revival in this generation and it's not just for grannies anymore!! It's a timeless craft and now you can find kits with a contemporary twist to pep up your decor. There are an endless variety available here.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Blame it on my English blood (one of many strains this "mutt" - me has, including Italian, French, Irish and Native American), but I have a fascination with the Queen Elizabeth II's profile. I have had some fun pairing colors with these silhouette collages I created. They are both available now in my shop.

**Don't forget that I will also gladly create a custom silhouette of someone you love! You can buy a custom silhouette package in my Etsy store as well, specifying your color preferences. Time to get scissor-happy, kids!!

Friday, January 21, 2011


A few shots from my phone when I was at the beach last night. I love the progression of the changing light. The Gulf was pretty calm, but the soft lapping of the waves was soothing. No place like the beach....
Hope you have an excellent weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


When I browse through a magazine, I am all about the visual stimulation, way more than the text. I am first a "looker" and then a "reader". If the visuals aren't tempting then I am probably not going to take it to the next step and actually read the text. Online magazine Lonny is one of my favorites - they never fail to deliver the eye candy I am craving and these two photos are my favorites from the latest issue.
The colors are reviving and inspiring!

Monday, January 17, 2011


This chair was painted on a commission from one of my clients in Australia. This is actually the chair her husband loves to sit in. Their incredible home looks out on the ocean and the view from this chair is phenomenal. I am available to paint your favorite chair as well, be it simple or ornate, modern or antique. Please contact me here for more information.
These commissions make a unique and thoughtful gift for a relative or friend as well.
I would also like to send some heartfelt prayers and well wishes to my friends in Australia who have been hit with devastating floods. I feel for you guys!

Friday, January 14, 2011


I know that the Holidays just ended and you probably don't want to think about it for a looong time. The decorations have been taken down and put away and life goes on. The stores are already stocking Valentine's Day items - yikes.
You might want to keep in mind an idea for next Holiday Season, though.
This is a commission that I created for a charming Texas couple to use for their Christmas card. They are newlyweds who wanted to mark their first year together in their new home.
If you'd like information on commissioning something similar OR a painting of your home, pet or favorite things - please write me here for more information. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I know that some of you may have already seen Carrie Waller and her amazingly realisitic watercolors here around the blogosphere. Carrie visited my blog for the first time a few months ago and that led me to her site and the opportunity to view her work. I was immediately impressed and she has been kind enough to agree to a little Q&A here so we can learn more about her. Carrie is not only very talented, but has a great deal of warmth and is consistently there to show her support for other artists and bloggers.

Where were you born?
Indianapolis, Indiana, I only lived there for a year, we moved a lot. I have lived in Dallas, Texas, Houston, Texas, Alexandria, Virginia, Carterville, Illinios, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Since I've been married, my husband is in the Air Force, so we have been stationed at Ramstein, Germany, Charleston, South Carolina, Dayton, Ohio, and currently in Montgomery, Alabama.

What is your artistic background /schooling?
I have a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, from Southern Illinois University, however, I have studied Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


What are your earliest memories of being involved making art or wanting to be an artist?
I didn't really have an interest in art until I was in the 3rd grade, our art teacher entered a collage I did into a Texas Rodeo and I won 1st place. A light bulb went off, and I thought maybe I'm good at that. Ever since then I have been creating.

What inspired you most as your subject matter?
Living in Europe really has been my biggest inspiration. Being around so much history and beautiful art was very motivational. We traveled so much I have years of material to pull from. I've also recently gotten into paint still life paintings. I love finding objects that are beautiful whether I find them around the house or at a flea market I love the challenge of a still life. That's is what I love about being an artist, we evolve and change and I can't wait to see where the inspiration comes from next.

Buon Feste

What are some of your favorite things or things that are essential to your success/well-being as a person and artist?
My family is so supportive. My husband is my biggest supporter, he refers to himself as my patron:) I spend a lot of late nights painting and I'm lucky that everybody is so cooperative. My boys are still young 4 and 1, but my 4 year old paints with me and we have really bonded during his process. I just started my blog last January and that is when I started seriously painting again. I made a commitment to create a painting a week and I have stuck too it. I thought I would be burned out by now, but I am extremely driven and can't wait to see what next year will bring. I have to say the blogging world is fabulous. I have met people from all over the world and have several friends (pen pals), we support each other and the feedback is invaluable. That has been my biggest surprise over the year, just meeting such wonderful people and fellow artists. I have big plans for this year. I've launched a website and will be incorporating a monthly newsletter in addition to my blog.

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
Japan, I've always been fascinated with the culture. With my husband being in the Air Force this could become a reality. I would love to live in Europe again, but I will say that anywhere we live is an adventure and I can find inspiration anywhere


What are the most challenging things for you about being an artist?
Their names are Steven and Sam, my 4 year old and 1 year old. They are my biggest challenges and the best thing that has ever happened to me. When you have little guys it's hard to have a strict schedule you have to be able to roll with the punches. So I end up painting into the wee hours of the night, so if you see me around and I have huge dark circles under my eyes you will know why. Also I can be my own biggest challenge. There are times when I get completely discouraged and unsure of my talents, I think everyone goes through bouts of self doubt. At the end of the day I just keep painting.

Pomegranates and Cranberries
Thank you so much for letting us into your world a little, Carrie. Please check out Carrie's website .
You will enjoy it! 

Monday, January 10, 2011


This is my first new print of 2011.
Features my painting of a blue and white teacup along with the quote "You are just my cup of tea". Background is a great shade of light blue - lettering in bright white.
Perfect as a winter pick-me-up for yourself or the special people and tea lovers in your life!
Available here.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Design Happens, an HGTV blog is featuring a give-away of one of my canvas prints (above) this weekend.
Go here to enter and have a great weekend!


At the risk of committing blatant blog plagiarism (or BBP), I couldn't resist posting this photo that I saw on fabulous blog Beach Bungalow8 that she found on TwillThrill.
It encompasses 3 things I love: the Mini Cooper, the color pink, and a Chinoiserie/de Gournay style "auto mural". Don't worry, I have no immediate plans to do this to my Mini, but I still think it's pretty amazing. 
Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you enjoy it and get a little relaxation in!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Bluebird of Happiness

I want to thank all of the blogs above for featuring posts on my work recently! 
I so appreciate your support and look forward to keeping up with your blogs in 2011.
Click on the titles in orange to discover more great blogs.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Well here we are, the first Monday of 2011.
I can't believe how time keeps speeding up.
My parents always told me it would go faster the older I got and they were right! 
January is usually a catch-up month for me, after my very busy season of cranking out the commissions and filling LOTS of orders for holiday gifts. I was going through some files yesterday, trying to find something. I came across a couple of old paintings, from the early days. This is one I did in 1996. While in London a few years prior, I had found some great magazines in a trash bin at the flat I was staying in. There were all these fabulous real estate listings with incredible interior photos. I poured over them for hours and clipped a few of my favorites. This room I painted was one of them. I had to laugh at my somewhat skewed perspective and lack of definition, but it brought back some great memories. Ah, the early days....
Hope you have a great start to your week!