Some time ago, when I was first starting out as a professional artist, I remember hearing from an artist that someone had gotten a tattoo of one of her paintings. I remember thinking at the time how impressive that was and wondering if perhaps one day I will have enough success to warrant anyone ever wanting to get a tattoo of one of my own paintings. So you may imagine just how surprised I was when a stranger reached out to me recently to share that he had gotten a tattoo of my robin
painting on his arm. Brian I. shared with me, “I recently got a tattoo…and the design was almost fully inspired by one of your pieces…titled ‘American Robin II.’ I loved the positioning and the watercolor, too, and just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration!” I am so appreciative to Brian for taking the time to share this with me. His message not only completely made my day, but it helped me feel more confident about my artwork and about my career path as an artist. I am incredibly humbled and grateful for all of the support that I receive from so many of you for my work. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot say thank you enough! I still have a long way to go in my journey as an artist, and at times I still feel very much of a novice at what I do, but your wonderful support really makes me feel like I am on the right path and that there is purpose to what I do!
My sincerest gratitude,
Hello and Happy Monday! I have a lovely new watercolor painting to share with you all that I have fittingly titled, "Cozy Rabbit." This lovely little rabbit is bundled up and ready for any cool and breezy weather in the forecast! I really enjoyed putting this painting together and hope that you like it!
I am quite the animal lover (in case you did not know that already!), which is why I absolutely love creating paintings of animals. I find creative inspiration from animals and nature, so I really enjoy showcasing the simple beauty and uniqueness of animals in my work. While much of my focus lately has gone towards painting birds, I decided to change things up a bit for this particular painting.
As I was sketching ideas for a new painting, I felt compelled to paint a rabbit with a scarf around its neck and surrounded by a floral leaf motif. Unbeknownst to me at the time, as I was finishing this painting I realized that I must have been creating a bit of a self portrait with this piece. My family always jokes with me that I am a rabbit because, like a rabbit, I am a vegetarian and a grazer when it comes to food. I also was born in the year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and my character traits match up quite well with the zodiac description. Since I get cold easily and love being in nature, my desire to add the scarf and the surrounding leaf motif in the painting must have also been autobiographical in nature. It was rather therapeutic working on this painting, and it now seems that this is because I was unknowingly engaging in a form of art as therapy the whole time!
Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed seeing this painting and learning more about the backstory of how it came about! Below are some progress photos of this painting and a photo of the archival print of it now available for sale!
I had quite a few requests for it, so I recently painted an American Robin! The American Robin is a beautiful songbird that can be found throughout most of North America. It also is a great addition to my series of state bird paintings, as it is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin!
Although I have yet to see one here in Texas, I used to see this bird all the time when I lived in the Midwest. I would often see the robin fluttering around on the grass looking for worms. As of lately, I have been missing the Midwestern grass that I am used to sinking my bare feet right into- it is incredibly soft and green! Thus, I decided to be a bit nostalgic with this painting by placing the robin in a very green patch of grass that reminded me of my midwestern roots!
I hope that you enjoyed seeing my latest bird painting! Have a wonderful day!
P.S. - Please be sure to check back here soon for information on an upcoming giveaway of my art!
I recently finished a new state bird painting of the California Gull.
This lovely bird can be found all across the Western United States, and it is actually the state bird of Utah! I had not painted a seagull before this, so I really enjoyed working on this popular sea bird. Hopefully there will be more seagull paintings to come in the future!
The original painting
and archival prints
of this bird are now for sale on my website! You can view purchasing details and see more photos of the painting and prints by clicking on the above links. And below I thought that I would share a photo of the archival print, along with a few work in progress pictures.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing my painting of the California Gull! Stay tuned for the next state bird painting to come in my series!
I am back to working on my series of bird paintings and decided to start off with painting the Nene! The Nene is also known as the Hawaiian Goose, and it is the state bird of Hawaii. This bird is only found on the Hawaiian Islands, and it is the world’s rarest goose. Although once threatened, recent conservation efforts happily have helped bring a steady rise back to their population.
It is such a gorgeous bird with an especially striking appearance to its neck. I only hope that I was able to capture this beautiful bird aptly! Both the original painting
and archival prints
of it are available for sale. And below are some work in progress photos of this painting for you to see!
What bird would you like to see me paint next? Leave a comment and let me know!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Texas! This has been quite a year for me with a lot of changes both in my personal life and with my art business. I especially appreciate all of the support that I have received over this past year as my business moved across the country to my new home in Austin, Texas. Thank you so much to all of you who support my work, you really mean the world to me!
I thought that I would take this time to share my final finished painting from 2015, a beautiful Mountain Bluebird (below this post are also a few photos of my painting process for this bluebird in case you like to see my work-in-progress photos). You can also view details on purchasing your own archival print of the Mountain Bluebird painting here.
Bluebirds have a special meaning for me personally, as they would often make their way into my art journaling and became a symbol for peace and calm in my sketches. So I think that it is fitting that my final formal painting of this year ended up being a bluebird. I had quite a hectic year, but within the chaos there were many special moments of peace, love, and happiness as well. And I think that the chaos helped teach me more about the meaning of unconditional love and how to better find peace in my life. So I am incredibly grateful to share this meaningful painting with you all, and I hope that you enjoy it!
Have a wonderful and peaceful Holiday, and I hope to see you in 2016!
Hello! Things have been pretty busy here in my studio as the holiday season is drawing near. I’ve been working on some fun commissions and thought that I would share a few process pics of a custom dog portrait that I recently finished. Oh how I loved painting her stunning coat and stoic facial expression :)
Also, I still have a few openings left for commissions to be completed by mid-December. You can learn more about the commission process and can contact me here
if interested. I would love to hear about your vision for a unique, one-of-a-kind painting!
I recently was commissioned to create a painting of a male cardinal on a dogwood branch. Cardinals are one of my favorite birds, so this commission really was a treat for me! And clearly I am not alone in loving this stunning bird- it’s actually the official state bird for seven different states! Those states are Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia (just in case you were wondering!).
I liked how the original turned out so much that I decided to create archival prints of the painting to sell in my shop! You can click here
to view more details on the prints. And check out the photos that I snapped while painting this very lovely bird below :)
I just finished my latest painting, "Happy Hedgehog." I wanted to paint something cute and lighthearted, and this little hedgehog came about as the result. I thought I would share a few photos of my process for creating this cutie below :)
Hope you enjoy!
PS- This original hedgehog painting is for sale! Click on the photo or link above for details on how to purchase it!
I wanted to share with you all my latest painting, the "Bald Eagle."
This painting is part of the series of watercolor paintings I am doing of U.S. state birds. While the bald eagle is not actually a state bird, it is the national bird and animal of the United States. It is such a majestic bird of prey, so I hope that I was able to capture the regal quality that this bird seems to have. The original has already sold, but I have prints available for purchase here
! I also thought I'd share a few pictures of this painting in progress below:
Now it's time for me to get back to work on some fun abstracts I have been busy creating :)
Thanks for stopping by!
I recently finished my "Sleepy Fox" painting, yay! I have the original currently hanging in a beautiful salon in Milwaukee, while prints of this fox are available right here on my website! I love sharing pictures of my artistic process, so below are a few photos I snapped while painting it. I really enjoyed painting this piece and creating the leaf motif around the fox. For some reason it was an extremely calming and cheerful experience putting this painting together (perhaps I was channeling the peaceful fox while painting it).
Anyways, I hope that you all like it! As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!