When Halloween hits, I am always amazed at how quickly the year has gone because it’s basically Thanksgiving and then Christmas and Hanukkah are at our doorsteps! It seems like a hot minute since I put up the tree and set off selecting the perfect presents. How do we get it all done?!
Even as a child, I was fascinated with stones. I just called them rocks back then, but I would pluck them from the ground whenever I saw one that caught my eye . . . or beg my parents to let me buy some while on vacation near the beach. Fast forward a whole bunch of years and I’m still drawn to those shiny rocks I now know as crystals. It was no surprise that I had the inspiration to paint them. And then I could not stop. So far, I’ve completed 13 watercolor paintings with a longer list waiting their turn.
I thought it would be fun to answer some questions that reveal more of who I am than the usual. Some are about me as an artist and some of me as a person. Hopefully this Q&A is just the right amount of TMI!
And then there is Mrs. Surtz, my high school instructor. She had a reputation of being a perfectionist. A teacher that didn’t just teach. She challenged. Looking at it through students’ eyes, she was tough. Looking at it now, she was still tough but she also inspired. She knew your strengths. She knew how to push you on to get the absolute best out of you. She challenged you to dig deep into that talent. And most importantly, she believed in you.
During the past year I have put a lot of work into illustrating patterns. Thoughtful, delicate, timeless, intricate yet easy patterns. The result is a current, and likely growing, total of five designs and the applications have been limitless.
Margaux! It's a fabulous name, n'est pas? I have loved it forever and when I had the inspiration to illustrate her, I knew it was perfect. Margaux was born out of a passion for Paris, a dream to live there since I was five, and the joy of living life to its fullest. Here's the long and short of it.
Recently I was asked a fabulous question that made me realize that although I work with these materials nearly every day, my clients may not know why I do. They are selected because of what they bring to the item, and in the case of hand-waxed canvas, its waterproofing and durability.
As an artist I am very particular about the materials I use. I want them to not only look great but also be of artisan quality. And I LOVE using items that have a long history of their own. When looking at my leather books, you have undoubtedly seen the name Horween associated with certain color options so I thought I would tell you who they are.
...and a procrastinator! I literally had to force her to come into my studio to pick out what she wanted for her birthday....which was in JANUARY! Honestly, I would have picked the same thing out for her on my own but it was fun to see her get excited about what the final piece would include.