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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

It’s hard to imagine life without the art of cinema. Ever since I was a child, I have loved watching films and becoming completely immersed in the magic of the stories they tell. I imagine many people go to the movies to be told a story, but I feel so much more than a one sided story when I watch a new film. A movie can teach me so much about myself, how my life relates to each character, how my art can be inspired, and how I feel about certain perspectives in the world. Watching a movie is a conversation in my mind. Something that can create such magic and curiosity. I go to the movies to dream… and to inspire new dreams.

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Stephen Hawking once said, “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Curiosity is what leads my art. Never stopping, always wondering. I believe that curiosity is what will inspire my work for the rest of my life. Throughout the years, curiosity and experimentation are the constants that help me continuously improve my work.

I recently went to see a film that I’ve been been dying to see since I first heard it was in the works; The Theory of Everything. A film about the life of the incredible Stephen Hawking and his relationship with his first wife, Jane Wilde Hawking. A story that is incredibly touching in so many ways, told beautifully and magically… much like Hawking’s work.

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Stepping out of the theater and back onto the busy streets of New York City, I felt a quiet optimism. What I found most inspiring in the movie, was a specific scene involving a pen dropping to the floor (you must see to know what I’m referring to!). That scene evoked a million emotions all at once… but was inspiring to me in countless ways. In each and everyone of us there is some sort of weakness, but it’s what we choose to do with our strengths that will keep us dreaming and creating…

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This painting is inspired by an especially romantic scene between Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen, and Felicity Jones, who plays Jane. They are falling in love at a party under hundreds of glowing string lights… which appear in my mind as the stars of the universe encapsulating their young romance.

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If there’s one thing you do during the holidays, make sure you go see this film.

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B.Balenciaga

B.Balenciaga is the latest creation from Balenciaga’s creative director, Alexander Wang… and lately it’s my scent of choice. There’s something feminine and strong about the fragrance, and the women it represents. She’s ready to take on the world while feeling as beautiful and radiant as she possibly can!

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Having studied product design in college, I’m fascinated by how much something such as a perfume bottle can say on it’s own. The B.Balenciaga bottle is strong and concise on it’s exterior, but soft and alluring within… which shines through the transparent and icy exterior. It’s details like this that inspire my own creativity…

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CALDREA SECRET GARDEN

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Last week, on a bitterly cold and rainy night, Caldrea invited me to warm up at a Secret Garden Party on the terrace at the Gramercy Park Hotel… and oh, what a wonderfully scented secret it was!

Entering the Garden Party was how I imagined Mary Lennox felt when she discovered her Secret Garden. I was greeted by a glowing red and pink room filled from floor to ceiling with roses, serene models in whimsical gowns with oversized florals blooming from their hair. All of this to the angelic sounds of a harp playing in the corner. But the most wonderful thing? The scents! The room was filled with the unmistakable scent of blossoming rose bushes… Caldrea candles filling the air with scents that made you forget the wind and rain just beyond the windows.

As I walked through the room of roses to the next garden, the scenery suddenly transformed to a fairy-like land full of greenery, glowing lights, fruits blossoming from the trees, and the scents of pear blossoms and agave. And I can’t forget the ceiling made of lavender bundles

It was difficult finding a reason to leave these secret gardens, but lucky for me, I’ve brought the scents to my own home. To relive the scents of summer throughout the winter that has barely begun…

Post in Collaboration with Caldrea.
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A Charming Dancer

The holidays are just around the corner, and I’m always looking for new ways to share my artwork with my closest friends. Over the next few weeks I’ll be creating unique artwork with the charming jewels from PANDORA Universe.

Being an artist, gifting someone something that didn’t involve much creativity can feel a little bit guilty. I pride myself on gifting things personal and unique every holiday season. I thought it would be wonderful to create art with the actual gift, and include a print of the artwork along with the items… adding a wonderful story to the gift.

This piece, featuring many of the charms from the PANDORA Essence Collection and PANDORA Christmas Collection, has been delicately crafted into a fashionable dancer. She’s composed of an eclectic array of charms, rings, and dainty silver chains.

Once she was created, I photographed her to create fine art prints to include with a few boxed charm bracelets as a gift.

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The charms that once composed an elegant dancer will now go off to new homes and add never ending sparkle to the holiday season!

Post in collaboration with PANDORA.
 
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SWAROVSKI SNOWFLAKES

Growing up, my family always decorated our tree with unique heirloom ornaments. Ornaments that have been in our family for generations, or ornaments that were gifts from friends – even some ornaments painted by my Grandmother. Each year, we pull out bins filled with tissue wrapped ornaments, stories and memories of our childhood flooding in with the unwrapping of each piece. The idea of having ornaments filled with a past is something that is near and dear to me.

This year, Swarovski gave me the great honor of designing the card for their annual holiday ornament collection. As I build my own collection of ornaments, this Swarovski crystal snowflake will forever have a special place on my tree.

Take a look at the process behind designing the card below- inspired by winter magic and sparkling snowflakes….

The final card design, featuring a gown made of snowflakes.

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Purchase your own ornament at a Swarovski Boutique near you. All Swarovski Holiday 2014 ornaments include my snowy card design

Link for boutique finder:   http://www.readysetgetcaught.com/locations
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