I have always wanted to go to Patagonia... but for now, I'll settle for painting the mountains! It was an honor and priviledge to do this commission for an adventurous client!
For those of you who knew Sloan Everett, I envy you.
I've personally only known Sloan through people who knew him, stories I've read, and pictures I've seen. But, his story has affected my life. It's a funny thing how you can never have met someone, yet their life can deeply impact the way you live.
From what I can tell, every aspect of this man's life reflected a deep love and devotion to eternity above all things. He had his eyes fixed on what is above, and it is clear everyone around him knew that.
When Sloan's wife, Liesl, posted a photograph recently of Sloan working on a ranch in Wyoming she wrote, "I like to think that heaven will look like Wyoming, so I like to think Sloan is doing this very thing this morning...". I decided I needed to paint "Sloan's Heaven", not only for Liesl, but for their precious children to see in their home and always remember their Father who loved them.
May we always remember Sloan Everett and aspire to live like him – in a way that echoes in eternity and leaves a legacy for the world to emulate. Rest in peace, Sloan Everett. You will always be remembered!
But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10: 37-40, 43-45
Daring to stay open to whatever will come to me today, tomorrow, two months from now or a year from now – that is hope. To go fearlessly into things without knowing how they’ll turn out, to keep on going, even when something doesn’t work the first time, to have trust in whatever you’re doing – that is living with hope. –Henri Nouwen
You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will understand... Jn. 13:7
Read more about Sloan's story here: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2017-03-09/he-saddled-anyway-first-texas-panhandle-wildfire-victims-buried
This summer I had the opportunity to work with a stellar group of vendors (see below) on a styled-shoot at the Denver Botanical Gardens. It was amazing, to say the least, and so beautiful! I painted a "live wedding painting" in a secret garden, and to make it even better, we were published on "Green Wedding Shoes"...too cool. Green Wedding Shoes Blog – Garden Party
Design, Stationery, Signage & Styling: @whimsydesignstudio // Photography: @kmitiskaphotography @kylafearphotography // Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens // Floral: @mjmdesignsllc // Rentals: @plankandpearl // Cakes: @astonishingcakes // Dress: @bluebridal // Jewelry: @sarahojewelry /// Suit: @menguintux // Neck Tie: @neckandtieco // Napkins: @peartreerentals // Live Wedding Painting: @jennielouart
In the midst of this crazy Christmas season, I had a special guest visit the studio – RP Imagery. She captured the process of a floral piece in a time-lapse video (see Instagram feed). I love meeting new, talented friends, especially ones you feel like you have known forever. Now it is about time for more "live wedding painting" in Texas – Dec. 17 - Houston, Dec. 30 - San Antonio, Dec. 31 - Spring Branch.
My sweet cousin, Ellie married Jack this weekend in Chicago. I had the honor and privilege of painting their wedding reception at the enchanting venue, The Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. It was the first time most of my family had the opportunity to watch me paint, and they loved it!
Beth told me she had been dreaming about a painting of her wedding since she was a little girl. She wanted the sunset and the intimacy of the atmosphere to be reflected in the painting. I hope I captured just that. Thank you so much for your support of my work, Beth and Conrad! Congratulations!