Jonathan Edwards Winery is having a Spring Festival on June 3 & 4 and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it! Not only will you have a chance to try their many delicious wines, but there will be bands playing music and so many artisanal vendors for you to try.
Let me tell you something so you understand how cool this is for me. Four years ago, I went to their Harvest Festival as a guest and it’s basically the same thing as the Spring one but it’s in the fall. I had such an amazing time – tried the wine, had some local cheese from one of the vendors, and danced my butt off to the music!
I’m so honored to be there exhibiting my artwork! I will have five different prints available from my collection for sale on both days. I would love to meet you! It’s going to be so much fun, so definitely grab your girlfriends or your book and join us!
I haven’t been to Washington, D.C. since 6th grade’s field trip that everyone goes on. I almost didn’t get to go on that trip because of financial reasons which I will explain in a later post (I promise). So you can imagine my excitement to pack in as many places for that day!
My reason for this trip was because of a conference which was an amazing experience in itself, but I also had a day to explore until my flight departed. Prior to this trip, I asked friends of places to visit and I had come with a pretty big list. During my stay in DC I asked locals for suggestions which allowed me to meet so many different people that will be hard to forget. I whipped out my map and made a plan. Let me just begin by saying it was a beautiful 70 degree sunny weather. Below is what you’ll see:
A few years ago, I started this blog mostly about fashion but I knew from the beginning I wanted to combine art and travel. I was advised to keep it very specific and so I focused on just style and fashion but soon that interest started to fade. Deep down, my passion was art and traveling. Ever since I was a little girl I loved to draw princesses in big pretty dresses. As I grew up and developed my skills in art classes, I thought yes this it, I love it.
When I was in Art School (University of Hartford), I took a class abroad in Sicily, Italy! This opened up my eyes to another passion I hadn’t yet discovered…TRAVEL. I guess you can say I caught the travel bug in 2007! I loved every second of that trip – the food, wine, people, and culture. I felt like my mind was like a sponge- soaking up every ounce of energy around me and it felt amazing! My favorite moment was waking up at 6 am to paint the sunrise as it rose over the ocean. That sketch was transformed into a painting that always inspires me to this day.
The thing about passions I’ve learned is you have to follow them. For years I stopped painting and I traveled more but now those two passions were never fully aligned until now. I discovered that they fuel one another. If I want to recreate a lasting moment from a place, painting it the way my eyes saw it and how it made me feel is like I’m reliving that moment all over again. And the only way I can share that with people is by painting it. I can talk about a place and show you photos but the most lasting impression is in my paintings. That is magic to me at least. What you see above is me painting Trunk Bay – it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the world located in the US Virgin Islands. As soon as I stepped my toes on that sand and looked at the view, I literally said “Paradise”.
P.S. My plan is to have an exhibit soon. So stay tuned! :)