INTERVIEW WITH RUE MAGAZINE

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Head over to RUE to lead my latest interview!

See my previous article in Rue Magazine here.

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J. Pocker, New York

Moving to a new city means searching for new go-to’s for a plethora of things. A new hair stylist, a new wine shop, a coffee shop that pulls the perfect espresso, and for me, a new framer!

Framers are tricky. You want a framer that not only provides incredible quality to last generations, but someone who has a creative eye and understands your style. A frame can make or break a piece of art.

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My friend, Courtney, introduced me to J. Pocker soon after I moved to New York City last year. I set up a meeting with Robyn, the granddaughter of J. Pocker himself, where she filled me in on the family history behind their business (which I find fascinating). Robyn has continued to keep her family tradition of bespoke framing alive and thriving. Also, their Upper East Side shop is conveniently located across the street from the Society of Illustrators- seems only fitting!

Lady in Oscar & Crystal Louboutins framed.

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New York go-to framer, check! 

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Jewel Dancers

The Shadow Dancers have decked themselves in jewels… from head to toe.

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NEW YORK ART SUPPLIES

Unfortunate for me, there’s not one art supply store in my area (the Upper East Side of Manhattan). Perhaps I should’ve looked into that before signing my lease..!

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I’ve been on the hunt since I’ve moved to New York for my favorite art shop (especially since Pearl Paint sadly closed). Here are my go to’s:

New York Central Art Supply

I heard about New York Central Art Supply from a friend of mine, and ever since I’ve been hooked. It’s got a mom and pop vibe, with heaps of character. It has the greatest papers, and any supplies you could ever want… but what I love most is how knowledgable the staff is- I endlessly learn new things about mediums just by asking simple questions. Win win!

Blick Art Supplies on Bond Street

Blick is always a safe and wonderful go to!

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Every now and then I’ll stop by Paper Presentation for some fancy paper supplies. A shop I could spend hours in…

Now to put those supplies to use…

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SHADOW DANCERS

Being home in Georgia, I’ve had some time and space to clear my mind. I’ve been thinking about my shadow dancers quite a bit, and they’ve been showing up everywhere I look…

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On the garden path…

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In the shadows…

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At the bottom of my coffee cup…

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…and in my breakfast.

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Where will they show up next

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DO NOT DISTURB

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Over the past 3 months I’ve been religious about using my iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature. I have it set to activate everyday from 9:30pm until 7am. Basically, my phone doesn’t react, beep, or wake up to any sort of activity.

Do Not Disturb has been a game changer.

Maybe that sounds dramatic, but in a day and age where we are constantly connected to everything and everyone, it’s nice to disconnect on a daily basis. Even if it’s just for a few hours. Those are my hours.

Do Not Disturb doesn’t stop me from using my iPhone, laptop, etc… but it certainly helps me tune them out. It helps me focus on what I want to accomplish. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a text or tweet to a photo or link just before bed- or while I’m mid-painting, only to find myself in the black hole of the internet 2 hours later…

This one small thing has applied to so many areas of my life over the past few months. I’ve stopped being a slave to the internet. I’ve stopped clicking on every single link with a catchy headline. I choose to spend my time in this world soaking up all the good it has to offer- and all the things that inspire me. It’s sort of like… “you are what you eat”, in a sense.

Whenever I think about things like this, my mind always goes back to a summer I spent at Interlochen. I was sitting on the floor in a ballet class, sketching the dancers as they pirouetted around the studio for my figure drawing class. The teacher was upset at a student for a repetitive mistake and said, sternly “We only have so many days on this earth, we must dance and give it everything we have before our days are gone.”.

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I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my days feeling inspired. Filling my mind with the only the best while I’m dancing through this world…

On that note, I really love this article.

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Paint Puddle Dancers

Sometimes my mind just wanders… and I love using instagram as a way to document those visual thoughts.

I remember last year, when I randomly stumbled upon the idea of painting within paint. I really didn’t think much of it, until I shared it on instagram. I was intrigued by the sheer fact that people found the faces interesting; so I decided to develop them further.

Meet the Paint Puddle Dancers…

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It’s interesting to flip them while they’re still wet and watch them stretch out as they drip down the page…

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Watch them come to life!

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LOOK FOR STARS

 I came out of this weekend feeling inspired. An unexpected gathering on Westhampton Beach… ending the night surrounded by darkness, waves crashing, fire burning, and good friends laughing under the starriest New York sky.

There was something enchanting about it all. The stars seemed brighter than I’d ever seen them. The magic in the darkness was as if the earth was putting on a show… drawing the curtain back to reveal all of it’s uninterrupted beauty.

“When it’s dark look for stars.”

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IMAGINED WORLDS

 Somewhere inside my mind…

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My palette takes my imagination far far away… 

To other worlds.

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Where dancers dance…

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And shadows play…

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Bring these worlds to life with music.

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PAINTED BAGS

Felt experimental this weekend and chose a new canvas for my work… bags!

Click the image below to flip through the process.

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5 QUESTIONS WITH STELLER

Click the image below to read through an interview with Steller about my creative process.

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Imagination

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“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau

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UNLOCK YOUR WISH

Ever since I was a girl, wishes have filled my mind and led me through my life. I believe in wishes, and I believe that anything is possible.

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Whether it’s sitting under a starry night’s sky, or listening to music on a train… moments alone inspire my wishes most. These quiet moments unlock my deepest desires for happiness in life, and help me figure out how to achieve them.

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Of course, I pour my wishes out onto the pages of my sketchbooks. It’s wonderful to be able to flip back through the wishes of my life, and remember how each wish inspired the next.

A small town girl, tirelessly wishing to be an artist in the big city… these ideas were wishes and dreams long before they ever came true!

Having wishes allows you to aspire and often achieve great things that some may have thought to be impossible…

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Post in collaboration with Cartier. #UnlockYourWish

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Madison James

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One of many illustrations I recently created for the Madison James bridal collection. More to come…

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IN LIVING COLOR WITH RUE MAGAZINE

Thrilled to share my home and workspace with Rue Magazine in their June issue!

Read the article and see more photos here.

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Photos by Emily Johnston for Rue Magazine

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