I had the fantastic opportunity to host my very first West Elm Pop Up shop this summer. On July 30, I was given a dining room table near the sunny store entrance of West Elm OKC and arranged it with my own unique collection of #watercolorandink, bringing a little slice of The Paseo to Classen Curve. From table top frames to small canvases, plus hand-painted notecards and large wall pieces leaning against nearby bookshelves, the uber-chic store provided the perfect backdrop for my colorful abstracts. Plus the nearby living room set up provided the perfect locale for my friends and family who stopped by to sit and chat while buyers perused the goodies!
It was a wonderful turn out and an incredibly meaningful day spent with loved ones and new collectors sharing my work. I really applaud West Elm for being a company that commits to reaching out to local artists and makers in the cities where they bring their design and goods. I can’t WAIT for the next one.
This April, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in this year’s ARTini Art Auction benefiting Allied Arts, who does so much to grow this city’s art scene. It was so exciting! My framed #watercolorandink original, The Gang’s All Here, hung along side some of my favorite artists in town (Marilyn Artus, what?!). My piece was a full watercolor sheet, a little larger than 2 feet by 3 feet framed.
The fact that it sold was the icing on the cake to an amazing night out with family and friends complete with gifted acrobats dangling from the ceiling to match the circus theme at the Farmers Market in downtown OKC. Even better, I had the chance to talk with the sweet buyer who was picking up my piece for her first home with her hubby. Stories like that make my day (week! month!), knowing my work will be part of someone’s lifetime together. I can’t wait to participate again next year!
After the glow of November’s show, I was thrilled to have a double decker of awesome to keep the momentum rolling in December.
It was my first time to participate in two annual art shows benefitting two of my favorite local ‘hoods: the 4x4 show for The Paseo where my current gallery is located and the 6x6 show benefitting The Plaza District. (Shout out to Plaza Director Cayla for being so awesome to work with!!)
Another first for me was the opportunity to work on canvas and in smaller, more constrained spaces than most of my recent paper work. I did a little research online and at the library to delve into how other artists used watercolor on canvas and discovered Daniel Smith Watercolor Grounds, which has since come to be a staple in the studio. (Unexpected new love: watercolor grounds on cardboard. Stay tuned.)
I really loved the exercise of creating something in new parameters, delivering on deadline, and getting to hang along side so many fellow local artists, many of whom I admire so much. The fact that both pieces sold (thank you, OKC!!!) AND raised money for beloved local organizations doing so much to connect all of us was a massive added bonus.
I love this city, and I love these ‘hoods. Here’s to many more.
You can currently buy my work at In Your Eye Gallery in The Paseo next door to The Other Rom & The Picasso Cafe. The gallery is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5, First Fridays from 5-10 PM, and by appointment. Just drop me a line!
Online store on this site and selling directly on Instagram coming soon. PROMISE.