Original folk art, prints, postcards and glassware
Where did you learn this art or craft?
I’ve always loved drawing and painting since I was a little girl. I first started working in acrylics when I was a kid doing ‘crafts’ with my mom in the garage growing up. I painted on wood or rocks or whatever I could find. Now they call that ‘repurposing’ 🙂
I took art classes through college and attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute my junior year of high school. I can’t imagine not painting or creating! Its a big part of me.
What inspires you?
I have a great love of books and history. Old timey things really inspire me– be they old photographs, stories, folk lore, fairy tales, music, or movies. I also love to create works that tell a story, and am really in love with American Folk Art.
How do customers respond to your work?
I am always amazed at how people who love my art seem to become such instant friends! People who like what I do tend to be drawn to old things and good books. I created a series of Anne of Green Gables paintings over the summer and have had a huge response to them. So many people, and people I would have never guessed, have a love for Anne! I have also started painting mugs inspired by the Brontes and Austen. People love a good literary piece of art and I’m thrilled that people love the same quirky things that I do.
Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
My painted mugs will be making their Deluxe debut this year! I’m really excited about them. The images I paint are all done by hand, one at a time, so no two are exactly the same. My most popular mug seems to be Jane Eyre, but I also paint Mr. Darcy, Lizzie Bennet, Jane Austen, and just created a new Wuthering Heights design.
How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
Deluxe is a wonderful show, and one I’m so proud to sell and shop at! Its all 100% handmade and local, so when you’re supporting the vendors at Deluxe you are truly supporting your community. Everyone is also so friendly and welcoming. And its a fantastic show to bring the kids to, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
Everyone! I’ve done Deluxe since the first show and so its like seeing old friends again each year and meeting new ones. I’m excited to see new items from Sweetheartville and Art By Bethany, they are dear friends and amazing craftswomen.
Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
Many vendors are now able to take credit cards thanks to the handy dandy square app. for iPhone, so bring your cards with your cash! Also, if you’re interested in a piece and how its made, ask the vendor! Its not often in this day and age that you have a face to face encounter with the person who made what you’re buying. Most artists or crafters will be happy to tell you how a piece is made and how best to care for it. And be sure to take their business card so you can buy from them after the show!