2016 was the year I discovered acrylic paint- it was a total game changer for me. Before this I had only been using watercolors. I finally found my soulmate in terms of mediums! I remember going to Joann Fabrics in my hometown in July 2016 and buying about 20 bottles of craft paint. I took them home to my mom's backyard and I began pouring them on canvas. Her grass is very colorful now. Sorry mom! Below is my first acrylic painting, it's a small 5 by 7 in.
At the end of July I went back to California where I was living at the time and bought 4 blank canvases. I knew of a local art consultant/curator that was looking for new artists to manage and I wanted to submit acrylic paintings for consideration. Surprisingly, that week she called me and we sat down at a local coffee shop and after looking at my work she offered to add me to her list of artists. I was SO ecstatic!
Here I am in September 2016 at my first art show ever with those 4 canvases! I ended up selling nothing, but I had a good time talking to other artists and meeting people. Later on I would sell 2 of these paintings and paint over the other 2.
Here I am in San Mateo, California in December 2016. You can see my style has already drastically changed in just 3 months. This was my first exhibition in California at Philz Coffee. It lasted 2 months. This would be my last exhibit in California before I moved back to Michigan permanently.
After showcasing my art publicly with Art Liaisons for about 5 months, Ollie and I ended up moving back to Michigan. I had to remove all my publicly displayed artwork and we shipped it all back to Michigan inside my car. Every single piece made it back safe and sound!
Not long after arriving in Michigan I hired someone to make me a website and I've been selling my art there and on instagram since. It's been such an amazing journey and I'm lucky to have about 100 originals out there in the world.
More importantly, we are loving life here in Michigan where I was raised and I'm connecting with the locals that enjoy fine art.
I've also participated in a local art exhibition in my hometown of Grosse Pointe last fall, you can see me mentioned in this article about the exhibition Small Wonders.
Have you seen my Summer Solstice collection? 3 pieces are still available! You can find them on my shop!
Thank you for taking the time to read more about my journey!