Well hello there! I’ve been a little quiet lately as I’ve been working super hard on some new artwork. When I get into the groove of creating I kind of retreat into my own world. I like to reflect on my work with a lot of alone time – that’s how my best ideas come to me.
Since releasing my last two collections, The Monterey Swell and La Jolla Breeze, I’ve taken some time to continue to hone my style and push my work in a direction that feels great for me. As I discussed in my last blog post, I’m focusing on creating my art around a place in the world and pulling inspiration from that locale. This new direction is very, very exciting to me and I cannot wait to share more of what’s coming in the future!
If you haven’t been to Joshua Tree in California you should definitely try to make your way out there. It is seriously a magical place. There is something about the desert that is so calming and relaxing to me – I just can’t put my finger on exactly what makes it so special! I tried to pull that same mystical vibe and recreate it in my latest collection of work. The Joshua Tree Mirage features a gorgeous warm color palette and plenty of beautiful, creamy abstract paintings. I also included some nice southwestern prints and tribal designs – all created by hand with paint pens, oil sticks and acrylic paints.
This collection would have not been complete with some actual Joshua Trees, obviously. I did a few Joshua Tree paintings and ended up digitizing them into silhouettes – adding the desert abstract landscapes as a background to complete the look. Have to admit – I’m head over heels in love with this collection!
Now onto my other new collection – the Florida Fade. I’ve been all over Florida dozens of times, but recently made a trip to the St. Augustine area. There is something so beautiful and unique about the colors that arise from the haze, heat and humidity of the Florida sunshine that absolutely captivated me. I pulled some pretty pastel yellows, teals and blue/grays into some watercolor paintings, later going back in with paint pens to add some simple line work that really spoke to me. Honestly, right now, I want to hang these pieces everywhere!
I hope that you love this work as much as I do! Stay tuned for a couple of more collections coming out this summer.