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June Blooms 

Here are some of my most recent (and favourite) creations.

For the last 2 weeks I have been inspired and creating at break-neck speeds. I have some really great new re-purposed vintage jewelry made with pieces that I acquired in vintage markets during my recent Philadelphia trip. I also made a few new geektastic creations for my page filled with pieces inspired by comics, anime, pop culture, and movies. But the thing I am most excited about lately is my updated L’il Lard butt series. I am creating as many as possible to sell as originals, but will also be launching a line of home goods inspired by those same originals. STAY TUNED! 

Secrets to Keep – turquoise with vintage locker key tag and key

LEGEND of ZELDA – hand-painted Link and the Princess earrings

L’il Lard Butt Scrub Jay framed original painting

Matte black eagle 

bib necklace

L’il Lard Butt Hummingbird original art

Double sided She-Ra Princess of Power hand-painted comic earrings

Powering through when Mercury Retrograde is slapping you around

Last year my friend Kelly and I packed a lot of life into a two week trip to Japan, a place we both adore. One of my favorite Unesco world heritage sites, Himeji Castle was a highlight of the trip. As we approached the castle I got to see my dear friend weep tears of joy as we took in the view. She had been dreaming of visiting for many years and once you see the place you can understand being overcome with emotion. As we started the long walk through town to Himeji Castle my thoughts were we would be able to explore the grounds outside and take some breath-taking photos, but I was not prepared to be allowed to go inside, and not just go inside, but explore every floor, all the way to the top. The history here is a bit overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. 

I based this painting on one of my photos of the castle and added the Egret because of the name. 

This piece took me ages, but I poured a lot of love into it as I hold the place in such high regard. It is on 5×7 canvas board and has an ornate, vintage gold wooden frame. It is for sale now, but will also be featured in my upcoming show in Philadelphia on May 5th. (More on that later)

HEMEJI castle

I have been bouncing back and forth between paintings,  painted earrings and Jewelry trying to get more out there, restocking stores and preparing for art shows and charity events. It has felt overwhelming at times and as though my Work load is more than I can manage, but that is when I am my most creative. One of this week’s creations is a Star Wars favorite (of mine) SABINE WREN!!!

SABINE WREN hand-painted earrings

Below is one of my entries for Little Art Big Cause, URANUS and NEPTUNE. The charity art sale takes place at Scandals in downtown Portland and will be up May 4th through Pride month. HALF of every sale will benefit various charity organizations. 

URANUS AND NEPTUNE

“Space Cowboys” is one of five original pieces that I have at the Sci-fi Show opening May 4th at Afru Gallery in SE Portland. 

I have a mega-crush on Beast Boy from the Teen Titans which was really the primary reason behind painting the beauties below. Of course, I can’t wear them, so perhaps a cuff is in order.

Beast Boy hand-painted earrings

And finally we come to my last entry, this glorious copper and agate necklace. The perfect orange Oregon beach agate was found on a walk near Seal Rock with my boyfriend. It pairs nicely with the vintage copper chains and is sure to get you bombarded with compliments!

That’s all for now – just a snap shot of me, trying to power through a rather difficult month. MAY is here and big things are just around the corner. I will speak on that tomorrow!

Copper and raw Oregon Coast agate statement necklace

Custom Pet portraits and portrait earrings: dogs, cats and birds, Oh My! 

A big part of my success with being a working artist is my custom pet portrait work. Not only do I enjoy painting dogs, cats and birds, but while I am working on them I feel an instant bond or connection with the person the pieces are for. To be honest, this is one of the biggest motivators in doing what I do – that human connection. Check out the listing to get your own pet portrait here. They come with 3 size options and are reasonably priced! No pet is denied, I will paint any species, but dogs and cats are the most popular of course. 

Custom Pet portrait work from the past couple years…

  • I also love to hand-paint dog and cat breeds on tiny charm earrings. I paint the earrings on dense board with a light protective coating and your choice of hardware finishes. (Copper, bronze, surgical steel or gold plated) The earrings retail for $38 and are quite lightweight. Generally the earrings measure 2 inches from top to bottom, but can be made to order and as such, can be larger or smaller. The cat earrings can be found here and the doggies are here
  • Assorted popular dog breed hand-painted charm earrings

  • Feel free to reach out with any requests or questions! 
  • Assorted popular cat breed earrings