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…


On the garden path…


In the shadows…


At the bottom of my coffee cup…


…and in my breakfast.


Where will they show up next

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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.”.



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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 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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 Somewhere inside my mind…


My palette takes my imagination far far away… 

To other worlds.

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Where dancers dance…


And shadows play…


Bring these worlds to life with music.

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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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.


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.


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


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

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

Read the article and see more photos here.


Photos by Emily Johnston for Rue Magazine

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

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Looking forward to attending my first Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic tomorrow!

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Maya Angelou


Thank you for telling your stories, Maya.

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A while back, I printed some super basic business cards on watercolor paper (I think it’s the only type of paper I have, to be honest!). Anyway, I stumbled upon them in a drawer and decided to spruce them up a bit! I love the idea of creating tiny pieces of artwork on my cards…

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Amulette de Cartier

There’s something enchanting behind a piece of jewelry. I’ve always thought of my jewels as a keepsake for milestones and dreams… moments that contain limitless reminders and memories of life’s cherished moments.

The Amulette de Cartier is a piece full of pure magic. Opening like a padlock, it signifies a lucky charm of sorts; something I will cherish forever as it holds so many wishes and dreams of my own…

Follow along as I unlock my wish within the Amulette de Cartier through illustration next month.


Amulette de Cartier in gold, mother of pearl, and diamond.

Post in collaboration with Cartier.

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