Music has been a part of my life since day one. The fact that I can read music makes me feel a little bit better about my constant struggle to learn Spanish fluently. Music is another language, and one I’ve grown up to appreciate.

I spent many summers playing my cello here, and one thing always stuck with me. There was a quote behind the stage we played on that read, “Dedicated to the Promotion of World Friendship Through the Universal Language of the Arts.”

It’s such an amazing quote- because it is so true. Throughout my life, the arts have connected me with people all over the world- including you! It’s incredible that despite your culture, language, distance, whatever, the arts are in fact, a universal language.

This is a painting of my great grandmother (married to this guy), who was a concert pianist. 
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It’s true, I’m a lipstick fanatic. No matter what you’re wearing, a bold lip can take your look to the next level. It’s one of those power cosmetics that gives you confidence as you glide it on… even if you’re not wearing any other makeup.

My current summer lipstick obsessions (clockwise from top):

Chanel 38 La Fascinante, Clé de Peau Beauté R10, Hare Lipstick (Henna lipstick that reacts to your PH balance, it is not green on your lips! Plus it stays on all day), Tom Ford Violet Fatale (looks amazing on, less purple than it appears).

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I’m thrilled to announce my second online course!

Join me in video lessons covering the basics of using watercolor, while focusing on shoes. Sign up and read about the course here- class launches August 13th. Stay tuned for a video teaser!

Sign up to take my previous class over here
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Technology has always been intriguing to me… and I’m constantly inspired by the digital world we have quickly adapted to. Of course things change quickly these days, and a lot of us drag our feet when it comes to change. I’ll admit, I do get a tiny bit frustrated when I update my computer… only to find out the latest greatest computer is coming out two months later. Although, most of the time I’m excited about change. I welcome change because it keeps things exciting. It keeps you fresh and on your feet, constantly searching for new ideas.

As an artist, it’s important to remember to hit the refresh button once in a while. Whether new ideas thrive or fail, art needs to evolve as you grow. I feel this way every few months, and I love that technology gives me the opportunity (and sometimes forces me) to evolve my work. I’m really into Instagram Videos right now. I’m completely fascinated by the challenge of being creative with it… and seeing how other’s will use it. What do you think?

Music | Fireside Dance from Oz the Great and Powerful by Danny Elfman

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There’s something about being home in the South that inspires me. It’s rejuvenating to be surrounded by nature, listening to the great outdoors and stargazing at the midnight sky. As they say, time slows down in the South… and it brings me back to my days as a little girl.

Last Sunday morning, I felt like I was gliding through a scene from Forrest Gump or Gone with the Wind.

I’ve always found it a little funny how growing up I used to see fireflies, rollie pollies, grasshoppers, and butterflies so frequently… playing with them used to entertain me for hours! As I’ve grown, those small friends have become rare sights (especially since I live in the Boston). Being in Georgia reminded me to keep my eyes open, and see the world as a little girl again. Those things are still there, we just have to look for them. Fireflies were one of my favorite things about growing up in the country, and it was magical to see them twinkling all around me just the other day…

Purchase a print here. Painting done with watercolor and gouache.

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