The Early Years
Growing up in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, I remember at a very early age having an awareness and appreciation of color, texture and pattern. The cobblestone streets, vibrant colors of rainbow row, details of historical architecture, inspiration and viewing life through an artistic lens seemed to always and effortlessly be a part of life. I grew up with a single mother who enjoyed the hobby of occasional painting and I spent a lot of time with her friends who were like inherited aunts to me. Days of enjoyment on the beach walking and playing underneath the wide open sky and sunshine, frequent bicycle rides with windblown hair brought me such a sense of peace and carefree joy. It’s been neat for me to discover that many of my childhood experiences have in fact shaped and influenced my style and the subject matter that I feel drawn to as an artist.
I have always loved sending and receiving cards and as a teenager would spend many hours on the card aisles looking for just the right card for the occassion. In highschool the idea of one day starting a greeting card company entered my mind. However I didn’t connect that art would eventually become my career path and instead went to college to study Communications. In 2008, almost a decade later after this highschool vision and several years selling building materials in the corporate world, I took the step of faith to launch a card company when the timing felt right and with the encouragement from my husband.
Growing in Business + Faith
After exhibiting at the National Stationery Show in NYC in 2011, I began a licensed partership as a card artist working with Recycled Paper Greetings (a division of American Greetings) along with other manufacturers. It’s been surreal seeing my cards in national retailers across the world. I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given to share my art (and my heart) with others in this way. It’s also been a vehicle for me to grow in faith seeing over the years how God has opened the doors through prayer, passion and perseverance along this creative journey. In 2016, I began to feel a pull to continue to stretch and grow creatively and began to transition from being a self taught digital designer to now also a painter. I craved to be more hands on and wanted to “feel” the process with an actual brush, paint and canvas; not solely drawing with an electronic pen into a computer screen. I immediately fell in love with the tactile elements of fine art and to have the ability to tangibly touch the creative process. It’s been such a joy to see how my art has evolved and grown alongside me over the years.
Style + Inspiration
I would describe my style as whimsically chic, feminine, colorful, joy-filled with funky elements here and there through painterly splatters and brushstrokes. I love the playfulness that it evokes. As an artist, I find inspirations in the daily moments and experiences; coffee with a dear friend, walking through a field of wild flowers, bicycle rides, a walk along the ocean shore, travel, meaningful conversations/ reflection and the most treasured of all…time spent with my husband and our two daughters.