I'm a big believer that we all just want connection. We want to know we aren't alone in the world. We want to know love, to experience love and to share it. Rugged and Fancy gives me the opportunity to connect and spread love in the universe.
I am an artist, wife, mother. My paintings are primarily acrylic, ink and/or watercolor, exploring conventions of beauty, the freedom and emotion of color and, recently, the space where human meets the plant world. I love to work one on one with clients, and I strive to make my art accessible to anyone who wants a little joy, a little color, a little beauty and a lot of love in their space.
I have exhibited in the South of France with an artist residency in a chateau in Le Bar Sur Loup, a little magical mountain village near the Mediterranean Sea. I have had regular exhibits with the awesome people at West Elm (you can find some of my "Modern Botanicals" at the Birmingham-Summit store now). I have shown in Birmingham, Alabama at Art Crawl and Rojo, in Atlanta, Georgia at Paper Plane Gallery.
I currently do small batch indigo dyeing using traditional Japanese techniques. I love having my arms elbow deep in a vat. I love the smell. I love the insanely rich hue, rich in history and full of nuance. You can find my indigo pieces occasionally at West Elm, in the pages of Cooking Light magazine, on the blogs of Oh Dear Drea and Licking the Plate and soon at Club Duquette!
In addition to being a full time artist, I take on a small number of consulting clients. I love content creation and style regularly for Southern Living, Cooking Light, People magazine and more, large brands like Sargento and Marzetti and do content creation and management for amazing small businesses like King's House Rugs. I recently contributed a chapter to an e-Book for Material Commerce on building real relationships across social media while still running your business operations.