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      Finding Comfort in Blooming Flowers

      Finding Comfort in Blooming Flowers

      This week my Irises began to bloom for the first time at our new house. Last year we transplanted a few from out first home right before we sold it. All at once they bloomed together in a beautiful display. I didn't realize how emotional I would be seeing them bloom at our new home.

      Today marks three years since my maternal grandmother passed away. I thought that with time the pain of losing her would lessen. But lately, it's been more painful than ever. These flowers were the last flowers that I gave my grandmother before we laid her to rest.

      The sight of the blooming flowers made me realize how I wish she could see our new home and the life we have made here so far. There have been so many times I have wanted to talk to her, just to realize that I couldn't. However, the timing of their bloom in relation to the anniversary of her passing also brought me a sense of comfort in knowing thatI will continue to find little joys that remind me of her. Even though she is gone, she will live on in my memories andshe will always be apart of me.

      The Power of Words

      The Power of Words

      Have you ever had someone tell you something that gave you the courage follow your dreams?

      My Uncle Regan said something years ago that ultimately led me to the career I am in today: artist and art educator. When I was about 12, my uncle was visiting our family and I showed him a piece of artwork that I had just finished. He encouraged me to pursue the arts and then went on to say that he always regretted never doing anything with his own artistic talent.
      Years had passed and I began my college career at Salem Community College where I studied Liberal Arts and focused on the sciences. I LOVED science almost as much as I loved art. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher but I never thought that I could obtain a job as an art teacher. When I transferred to Rowan University in the fall I entered as a (believe it or not) Biology & Education major.

      I will NEVER forget this moment: Two weeks into my first semester at Rowan I was sitting in my Chemistry class when the words of my uncle resonated through my thoughts. When I left the class I literally asked myself: "What am I doing!?" It was almost as if I woke up from a dream and realized I was not doing what I really wanted: art. Right after that class I found out what I needed to do to switch majors to become an Art & Education major. I had a portfolio interview and was accepted into the program.

      After that moment, everything fell into place. I met amazing friends and faculty members who shaped me into the artist/art educator I am today. During that transitional time was also when I met my husband. He has been a huge inspiration to my artwork and driving force to continue my pursuit of creating art and sharing my knowledge through teaching.

      Mother's Day

      Mother's Day

      Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away. You can shop unique, beautiful gifts on my website and have it shipped to you or right to mom! All items feature my original paintings and made by me in my Salem County art studio 
      Shop all collections by clicking here.

      Mural Installations

      Mural Installations

      Last Friday, April 16th, I took the murals to Four Seasons Campground for installation. I was fortunate that my husband, Chester, was available the morning of delivery as I needed his help carrying the heavy murals down the stairs from my second floor art studio. We loaded the murals and our kids and headed to the campground. When we arrived, we met with Bill, the owner of TBI Unlimited, and John, the owner of the campground.

      I was a little nervous that the murals might not fit due to the surface preparations. Each panel had two layers of exterior primer, two layers of exterior paint, and two layers of UV protective coating on top of all of the decorative painting layers. Luckily, they fit perfectly into the custom built frames.

      To celebrate their completion, I will be sharing the painting reveal video at my gallery during this year’s Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour. You’ll be able to see the entire process from start to finish!

      Thank you to Bill Taylor of TBI Unlimited for recommending me and John & Cheryl Robinson for commissioning these pieces. A special thank you to my family for their support and understanding while I created these large paintings in such a short time.

       

      Window mural at Four Seasons Campground in Pilesgrove, NJ
      Window mural at Four Seasons Campground in Pilesgrove, NJ

       

      2021 Salem County Arts in Bloom

      2021 Salem County Arts in Bloom

      This year‘s Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour is just one month away! May 15 & 16 will be both in person and virtual. Be sure to check the Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Facebook page and website for updates: www.artsinnloomnj.com
      I will be be hosting my good friend Leslie Walker of Seamles Art. She makes amazing handbags, clutch bags, wine totes, and so much more from recycled fabrics and leather reins. I look forward to welcoming guests to my gallery to view my artwork and have conversations about art and the other amazing artists that work and live in Salem County.