Whenever I paint I am always enamored with the texture and the details we can often miss when all we focus on is the finished picture. BUT, there is so much beauty in the details. Just by pausing to look a little closer I’ll notice a splashy pop of red or a swooping brush stroke I would have overlooked otherwise. I take photos of these tiny moments in the paintings to remind myself of the many layers of goodness happening right now - not only in the finished big picture. That’s why I created these four phone backgrounds of “painterly details” for you - as a reminder of the beauty in the details (even in the midst of work, emails, and deadlines). Download them HERE!
The last couple weeks were some of the most beautiful of my life…
The first day hiking: En route from Murren to Rotstockhutte.
The most beautiful hike!
My favorite trail companion.
Shadows of happy hikers.
The view approaching Rotstockhutte!
Sunshine on the hillside.
We descended from Rotstockhutte and passed through Murren before the steep ascent to Lobbornhutte.
Those sunshiney grassy mountains and a hundred hues of green.
The most inviting view from Lobbornhutte.
Prayer flags at Lobbornhutte.
Colors in the land at sunrise.
The rocky trek from Innsbruck to Pfeishutte.
Snack break at the saddle between peaks.
Our skinny trail cutting across the mountain side.
The fluffiest trail companion.
My favorite part of the hike was rounding the corner and seeing this shepherd round up his flock.
Views en route to Pfeishutte.
Pink sunrise on the patio.
We arrived in Cortina D’Ampezzo to spend a couple days in the Dolomites.
The base of Tre Cime.
Another *extra* cute cow friend.
This particular cluster of Dolomites reminded me of cathedral spires. Enchanting.
Just look at that little bambino!
Still my favorite trail companion.
Cow friends along the trail to Tre Cime.
All the colors in the land.
This little adventure was one for the books. I didn’t realize quite what I was signing up for when I applied to @emily_jeffords mastermind a year ago, but I am extraordinarily grateful I did. Spending a year meeting with these brilliant women, learning from them, being challenged and encouraged by them, and growing together has been one of the most meaningful parts of my life as an artist so far. Being together in person this past week (which makes me laugh because I guess we technically all met on the internet) reminded me what a gift community is, in all parts of life. I am filled to the brim.
Over the past couple years I have occasionally painted on large, loose canvas fabric that I would later cut down to a specific size. After cutting off the extra fabric around the borders, I was left with sheets of colorful canvas in odd sizes that I didn’t know what to do with, but also didn’t want to get rid of. 🤷🏼♀️ Then a couple weeks ago I decided to snip off a swatch of that canvas and stretch it around a tiny frame I had in the studio. After painting on some more texture and details, and repeating that process with a few other pieces, I had a handful of these delightful, expressive little abstracts - each one like a small excerpt from my painting archives. All of these pictured are just in that first phase (cut and stretched to size), and some need more elaborating than others, but I’m excited to give them a bit of attention and see how they each evolve and take on a new life of their own!
A commission bound for Texas!
Summer is at last in full swing and I am welcoming the sunny, hot, lively spirit of the season!
The dreamiest space for this painting in a room designed by Kathryn Cullens. (Photo by Heidi Geldhauser)
A commission headed to a beauuutiful home!
My first abstract botanical series was released earlier this month, and this Peony was a favorite.
Amidst a string of nights out of town and days away from home, I brought out the sketchbook and doodled this Mountain Laurel…
A trio of sky blue botanicals decorating this cozy reading nook in a gorgeous mountain home.
Organization doesn’t last long on this table.
Wildflower Wednesdays series: Painting no. 2.
Sent off this river commission to her new home!
This little mountain painting was commissioned by my dear friend’s now-husband as a wedding gift earlier this month.
The first Dogwood to inspire the Abstract Botanical series, coming May 2nd!
Preview of the upcoming Abstract Botanical series!
A beautiful installation of perfectly-framed botanical prints!
Spring is finally here and I’m hoping to spend a bit more time doing things like this.
Springtime is coming! March has been a lovely month filled with painting landscapes and catching up on commissions! Here’s a photo update of the latest happenings:
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