My background in art is lifelong.
I have always painted and needed art as a release in my life, even as a little girl. As a mom now, I totally see this in my daughter and it's really just magical. I studied Art with a concentration in Painting and Graphic Design in college and at the University of Maryland.
However, I have another love, Spanish. So I studied abroad and eventually got my MA in Spanish Literature. I never thought that my love for art and Spanish would combine until recently in my work, when almost all of the colors, light, and compositions are from moments spent traveling around Spain.
Describe your personal creative process
My creative process is interesting.
I collect moments and ideas in my mind and sort of just let them sit there for a while. Then, suddenly and often rather unexpectedly, they NEED to become paintings. Something I have seen or taken a photo of (on my phone) becomes a painting in my head. What is so cool, too, is that usually I dream about a painting or see it in my dreams before I paint it. I woke up one morning at 4am, which is NOT typical, because I couldn't stop thinking about a painting and had to paint it on canvas. I would describe the rhythm of my work as "waves", which is interesting because I am so influenced by water, the sea, and a lake where I spent time as a little girl. Sometimes being a creative person is a little unnerving (especially when you are also a little type A) because I want to paint at times, but there is nothing ready to be painted in my mind. But when it happens, whoa, its so awesome!
A perfect day of Annapolis fun would be to hit up Navette, my all-time favorite thrift shop with a new line of swoon-worthy silks. I have had the best chats with the "Navette sisters" about moving to NYC, using Squarespace, general Annapolis info and anything else we can come up with. I have purchased so many awesome dresses at Navette for events and always love that I got an awesome deal, too!
Then, I would stroll down Maryland Avenue and see Dear Annie Boutique, which currently has a painting of mine hanging ("Annie" 36x36). The owner is awesome and so friendly and has great style!
At the end of Maryland Ave is Lil Lamb Boutique, which carries some of my kid artwork and prints and I love their gifts for baby showers or new mamas.
Then, grub time....at Iron Rooster, duh. Iron Rooster is DELICIOUS!
After Iron Rooster, if there is space, an ice cream from one of the awesome shops along Main Street would be the perfect touch. If there isn't space, my daughter and I often go for a long walk down the tiny side streets and take funny photos to burn off our meal, then have ice cream!
I also love the food and ambiance at Blackwall Hitch, and the roof bar is so fun in the summer time.
Another favorite is Metropolitan Kitchen, amazing. Ok, I have a problem.
Mike's for crabs is also an all-time favorite. I promise, I am done now.
Aside from the obvious short term nature of HERE., what makes our shop unique compared with to other shops/ galleries/ boutiques that carry your work?
What makes HERE. so awesome is the relationship that you form with the shop owners (El and Amy are incredible super moms / entrepreneurs!), with other artists (one of my artist-bffs is Kim Hovell and I can thank HERE. for hooking us up), and other Annapolis creatives like Maureen Porto (of Maureen Porto Photography), Christina Han (of Proper Hunt) and Natalie Franke and Krista Jones (Annapolis Photographers) - all great people who I have met or "befriended" online through the shop.
There is such a positive, inclusive vibe in the Annapolis creative community and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.
If you could go anywhere, where would it be and with who?
Anyone who knows me, knows that the answer to this question is always 100% of the time, Spain.
I am in love with all things Spain and cannot wait to take a trip there (hopefully) soon with my family. The light in Spain is a HUGE influencer in my art and I cannot get the beauty out of my head. I actually have a million little moments of beauty stored in my brain so when I paint, they can all come out on the canvas.
What book are you currently reading?
"The Rocks", it's about Spain. Haha