Artist / Charleston, SC
ON LIVING A LIFE:
Coffee or Tea?
• Hmm... depends on the time of day; Coffee in the morning and tea in the evening. I'm a sucker for good bedtime tea. Paromi has a blend called "sleep with me" that I'm obsessed with right now. It's so soothing and calming.
Are you an Audrey or a Katharine?
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
• Open the shutters to let some natural light in --- then check emails in bed.
What is your guilty pleasure?
• Sour Patch Kids (I know, healthy, right?) and Netflix!
If you could live in a movie, book, or play --- what would it be and why?
• What a good question! I think its a toss up between Pride and Prejudice or Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
What is your favourite city in the world?
• Amsterdam -- I lived there for two summers during college!
What is the most helpful app you have on your phone?
• Amazon PriceCheck (always looking for the deals).
ON BEING CREATIVE:
What does “being creative” mean to you?
• It means possessing creative skills in a specific area of life. However, that typically spills out into other areas of life as well --- decorating, cooking, party planning and such.
Who inspires you as an artist?
• I love Terry Winters, Mark Rothko, and Jeff Koons. But I'm also inspired by the color palettes and the style of Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor Swift. Just to name a few!
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
• For me it was when I took a break from painting and was working at a bank in town. It was my first job after college, and while I always knew I was a creative person, I didn't know I "absolutely had" to create until I didn't have a studio and wasn't creating!
What kind of creative patterns, routines, or rituals do you have?
• Instagram is a great source of inspiration, as well as Snapchat, and you can never underestimate the power of a good movie at the cinema or well written novel. Music also greatly inspires my work!
How does your local community impact your work?
• Charleston is the cutest little city. It's so tiny and everyone knows everyone. I love the sense of community I get by living downtown.
How do you handle the pressures of the business portion of being an entrepreneur and artist?
• I love the business side of art. When I’m working with design stores and such, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly how to handle a transaction or respond to business proposals. So whenever I have questions, I’ll ask some of the other lovely artists in Charleston. Last summer I was having a hard time separating the love of my art and potential business deal and my friend Teil (check her out on IG @teilart) said, “Remember, at the end of the day business is business.” And that really hit me because I tend to sway to the emotional side sometimes!
Are you working on anything special at the moment?
• I’m working on my dear college friend’s wedding gift – it’s a huge liquin lines painting with lots of cool blues, creams and grays; like a morning at the beach!.
How do you define artistic success?
• I think artistic success comes from being completely delighted and proud of your work, which sounds easy, but it's actually hard! Knowing what you want to make in your head and then translating that out into reality can be quite a feat!