January 31, 2018

The idea started with an invitation to high tea in London. A year later we arrived in London to celebrate the start of my Mother’s “birthday season” as we like to call it! Her 70th! We brunched and sipped our way through London living up to our reputation as obnoxious Americans taking photos at every turn! One of my favorite decisions we made was to purchase tickets for an open air tour bus. We learned so many interesting tidbits from...

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University of Georgia President’s Garden at Old College

December 15, 2017

I had the privilege to work with the University of Georgia to create this special piece of artwork. Below you can read the story of this historic building, the gardens surrounding it, and the purpose of the commission. “The President’s Garden is located at the southern façade of Old College on the University of Georgia’s historic North Campus in Athens, Georgia. Old College is the University’s earliest permanent structure; before its construction, Josiah Meigs taught the first classes in a...

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Volterra, Italy

May 10, 2017

Three years ago we set out on an adventure of a lifetime! For my husband’s 30th birthday his parents gave him a beautiful etched glass globe and told him it was actually for both of our 30th birthdays and represented a trip. A trip we got to choose! To anywhere in the world! The one catch was we had to take them with us. Needless to say – we agreed to the terms. We arrived in Rome on a frigid...

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These are a few of my favorite things…

December 6, 2016

If you need help finding a unique gift this Christmas season, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite (Athens) things! Hopefully you’ll discover a new artisan here, and be inspired by their work!

Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Booth Western Art Museum

September 27, 2016

“Whatever object you are painting, keep in mind its prevailing character, rather than its accidental appearance.” –  Benjamin West 1801 I knew we were in for a treat when I purchased tickets to the Everett Raymond Kinstler show at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Mr. Kinstler is a 90 year old portrait artist from NYC, who is still taking commissions in oil! He is well known for his wit and storytelling. Apparently he was thrilled about his show...

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The Year of the Dog

August 3, 2016

Oh wait, actually it’s the year of the monkey I believe. But in the studio it’s felt like the year of the puppy! I’ve had such a fun time painting my client’s fur babies! Each one comes with their own unique story. There’s Bo, a Miniature Schnauzer who loves to frolic in the snow in Norway. And Lucy, an adorable Boston Terrier in ill-health. Lucy’s Mama now has a precious portrait on her wall to treasure forever. Cooper, Tallulah and...

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Portrait Painting Demo at diDomizio’s Arts Center

June 1, 2016

Many years ago during my first visit to diDomizio’s studio he talked for an hour and a half, and I shaded a box for an hour-and-a-half. I was better than that. I was impatient and prideful. I was here to work fast and paint! And yet I had paid for the eight-week session. So I figured I’d stick it out. Eight weeks later I was sold on diDomizio’s program and I remained in the studio for five years. Five years...

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Painting Melissa McCarthy for The Boss

May 5, 2016

I had the opportunity to paint a portrait of Melissa McCarthy for her new film “The Boss”. This hilarious film is the story of Michelle Darnell (McCarthy) a self-made wealthy business women who finds herself in jail, charged with insider trading. She is finally released and determined to make a new life – which proves to not be quite as easy as she first thought. In an effort to rebrand herself she gets mixed up in a brownie war she...

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Fifth Wedding Anniversary Gift

April 18, 2016

I was approached by a husband who wanted to commission a special piece for his wife for their 5th anniversary. He had written her a poem five years ago when they got engaged that he had never shown her and now wanted to give to her. The traditional gift for the 5th wedding anniversary is wood and he was hoping to incorporate that somehow. I suggested burning the poem into wood. Because, well – I had had never done it...

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Little Free Library

February 16, 2016

I love being asked to do unusual commissions. This year has already brought a couple of unique projects through the doors of my studio. In December I was approached by LEAD Athens- a leadership development program of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. They wanted my help in designing a Little Library as part of their community based program. If you have not heard of the Little Free Library’s before now, they are awesome! They are basically over-sized birdhouses that...

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