During lockdown I picked up my paintbrushes, shifted my easel into the sunniest corner of my sunroom and I started painting. I haven't stopped.
As an artist I've worked over a decade in ceramics, almost exclusively porcelain and now I'm expanding.
It is indescribably freeing to mix luxuriously creamy oil paint into any color I can imagine. In ceramics I worried about overfiring, glaze irregularities, kilns malfunctioning, and my colors burning out at the very high temperatures needed to mature the clay. With paint, I simply mix my dream colors and paint. The ease is addicting!
I stopped painting for 15 years.
When I went to college I intended to study painting and art history. Two disciplines that have made their way into my ceramics in countless ways since I started my business in 2009. I unexpectedly fell in love with clay in college, and as the story goes-- everything changed and this amazing business of mine was born!
When the chaos and uncertainty of Covid-19 hit, it was in my painting practice that I sought comfort and creative release. It was a return to a familiar anchor of creativity, yet it was also a fresh challenge fitting for an unfamiliar time.
I tried to keep up my normal ceramic studio practice, but life was anything but normal during lockdown. Instead it was painting that filled my hours and kept my creativity company.
I needed to paint.
My southern garden began to grow, the light grew longer and warmer, and I watched as my peonies, gardenias, irises, and hydrangeas began their summertime debut. Their colors, the flickering, dappled light, and the movement of the leaves, it all pushed into my studio and found its home on my canvas. This collection was born.
On Friday, 6/19 at noon EST I'm sharing my original oil paintings with you for the very first time.
Each brushstroke holds a part of me. Every color captures the vibrancy and submission of natural life, held in balance.
I found painting to be an illuminating reminder that life ebbs and flows. Every petal forms and falls, the light and air a part of this process. It's a simple reminder to find peace in every season of life.
Thank you for your support as I embark on this new season of my life. I hope my art will continue to bring beauty, inspiration, calm, and a brightness of spirit into your lives!
P.S. I've signed every original oil painting in this collection in a rosy pink hue. This is a hint to my beloved pink porcelain dessert plates that skyrocketed my brand globally. It's a little insider secret that only my biggest fans will know to look for and appreciate! Shhhh...