1) How long have you been doing your art?
I have been an artist, per say, for as long as I remember. I’ve done every type of medium over the years and found that oil and watercolors are my two favorites.
2) What is your favorite thing to illustrate? I absolutely adore illustrating anything fashion or lifestyle related. I also really enjoy painting animals. Really anything that is cheerful and fun!
When I started university, I actually thought I would major in studio art. However, junior year I decided to go with business. This was certainly a good move as most artists don’t have that background. I filled my artistic void by minoring in art history which required me to take lots of different art courses along with the history ones. Around senior year I started giving paintings to my family for Christmas and birthday gifts. Soon I had more family members and friends wanting paintings. When I graduated I kept painting and selling but tried to get a “real” job. I took the plunge as a full time artist 4 years ago. It’s been a wild ride but I’m so thankful to do what I love everyday!
They totally do! I don’t blame them…any type of art makes for a super unique and thoughtful gift! They are also really great at giving me ideas for new pieces.
Oh gosh! There are so many favorites about Rome. Gelato maybe? Just kidding, but that is definitely up there. There were days where my friends and I would get gelato 2 or 3 times (surprising I didn’t gain more weight). Seriously though, the art and history there is insane. Just walking around soaking up thousands of years of culture is an amazing sensation!
I have great studio located on King Street (the main shopping street) in Charleston. The space has these fabulous tall ceilings with big windows that provide much needed natural light.
Absolutely! Anyone and everyone can email me for custom work. No idea is too big, too small or too crazy. I do custom work for businesses and individuals. For businesses I do a lot of branding and advertising work along with logos and headers for websites. For individuals I paint a lot of bridal/wedding, graduation, new house, pet portraits…you name, it can be turned into an illustration.
Indeed and I just recently got engaged! His name is Derek and we met 4.5 years ago through a mututal friend who unbianosed to me was sort of setting us up. Well, it worked out because we hit it off right away! We haven’t set a date yet but are looking at sometime in September.
A million dollars? Oh my! I honestly can’t think of many tangible items I would want to buy. I would probably just want to travel. If I could go somewhere awesome every couple of months I would so happy! I haven’t been back to Rome since I studied there so I would definitely want to get back. Also. you know what would be really fun is to go to the art supply store and go crazy! haha I love art supplies. I get more pleasure from buying new brushes and paints so that sounds like a fun idea!
I can’t really think of anything that was too crazy. One of the most fun projects was an oil painting I did of a ladies poodles. It was huge! 8ft long and 4 ft high. There were 6 poodles in the painting; all the different ones she’s had over the years from her first poodle (who has since passed away of course) to her most recent one. It was a super fun piece to bring to life!