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What "Two Top" Means to Me

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Two Top opens tonight at The Miller Gallery and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Best of all, I am really proud of each piece I created for this collaborative show. It’s always easier to create when truly inspired, and I am deeply inspired by Charleston’s food and bev community. I decided to share the reason's I approached each piece, I hope you’ll come see them in person!

“A Favorite Routine” 8x6 oil on wood panel

“A Favorite Routine” 8x6 oil on wood panel

“A Favorite Routine” is inspired by the Harbinger Cafe. Whether I am working in my studio at Redux, or a shift at Artist & Craftsman Uptown, I am very lucky to only be a few blocks away from this perfect shop. Everything from their amazing baked goods to delicious salads are thoughtful and fun, and their decor/design is so very charming. It’s a cozy and welcoming place, I make the quick trip up King to grab a coffee (and probably a sriracha mama) at least once or twice every week.

 
“Waiting for Saturday” 16x16 oil on wood panel

“Waiting for Saturday” 16x16 oil on wood panel

“Waiting for Saturday” is inspired by the Scram food tuck. Every Thursday through Sunday, Scram posts up on 1291 Folly Road and serves the BEST breakfast sandwiches you’ll ever have. Melanie Durant is the chef inside the truck, and she was previously the pastry chef at FIG, so the treats and buns are no joke either. I live in Riverland Terrance on James Island, so the drive up Folly is an easy one to make, thank goodness she’s not open every day…

 
“Vodka Grapefruit, Please” 14x14 oil on wood panel

“Vodka Grapefruit, Please” 14x14 oil on wood panel

“Vodka Grapefruit, Please” is inspired by my favorite Charleston bar, The Belmont. I started frequenting this fine establishment when I moved back to Charleston in 2012, and it quickly became my favorite haunt. They play old black and white movies on their back wall, have special ice cubes for their delicious drinks, serve up amazing charcuterie and adult pop-tarts (get the nutella banana), and they squeeze my grapefruits fresh. Even on busy weekend nights, they don’t allow the space to be overcrowded, which means you can always be sure of a lovely experience.

 
“Two for the Bar” 24x30 oil on wood panel

“Two for the Bar” 24x30 oil on wood panel

“Two for the Bar” is inspired by the one and only FIG. I was a freshman at CofC when FIG first opened, and I was a junior when I first dined there. I remember feeling incredibly impressed then, just as I do every time I get a chance to eat there. My favorite place to sit is at the bar, making conversation and friends with the staff and other customers alike. FIG deserves all the accolades and press it receives; the staff is passionate, knowledgeable and kind and the food is creative and incredibly delicious. It’s a memorable treat every visit.

 
“Special Memories: 18x12 oil on wood panel

“Special Memories: 18x12 oil on wood panel

“Special Memories” is inspired by Chez Nous. Going to this restaurant feels like stepping into a European home (with an exceptional kitchen). The menu changes daily (and is handwritten) and the ingredients are as seasonal and fresh as it gets. Chef Jill is an incredible talent. She and her husband both create masterpieces in the kitchen and its so fun to experience them. Last year around this time, Dylan and I stopped here to share some champagne after we got hitched at the courthouse, and it was the perfect way to celebrate.

 
“Front Door Goals” 16x20 oil on wood panel

“Front Door Goals” 16x20 oil on wood panel

“Front door goals” and “Add Sticky Rice” are both inspired by Xiao Bao Biscuit. This is hands down one of my favorite places to eat. The food is so damn good, and really fun share with a group of friends. Most importantly, its accessible and consistently a great experience. I recommend it to anyone who asks where they should eat.

“Add Sticky Rice” 6x8 oil on wood panel

“Add Sticky Rice” 6x8 oil on wood panel

 
“Tu Cool” 18x12 oil on wood panel

“Tu Cool” 18x12 oil on wood panel

“Tu Cool” is inspired by Xiao Bao’s sister restaurant, Restaurant Tu. They recently switched up their concept to an Indian fusion (which I am pumped about), but their original plan was pretty spectacular as well. The menu was beyond creative and the interior design is so much fun (they even have a “selfie bathroom)”. We celebrated our marriage with our closest friends in their disco room, it was a delicious blast.

 
“Family Matters” 8x8 oil on wood panel

“Family Matters” 8x8 oil on wood panel

Last but not least, “Family Matters” is inspired by 167 Raw. So many of my loved ones work in this small, but amazing place. Dylan has been there for several years and is now their beverage director, while our best friends are the talented chefs creating amazing dishes that keep the place packed year round. There is usually at least an hour wait, but once inside you realize why: they only have about 24 seats to accommodate the hundreds who flock there daily. I am so proud of my boys and love visiting them in their element when I can.

 
Doing what we do best in the Disco Room at Tu

Doing what we do best in the Disco Room at Tu

A big thanks to miss Lizzy Ervin who captured all these beautiful pictures, working with her is always wonderful :)

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Ready for 2019

Thanks to  Lizzy Ervin  for a super fun portrait session! She is THE BEST

Thanks to Lizzy Ervin for a super fun portrait session! She is THE BEST

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was spent in the studio finishing up my work for “Two Top | a duet show”, and I am PUMPED about it. This body of work is the fruit of my first year of creating full time, and is also my favorite work to date. Opening night is just around the corner, and I really cant wait to exhibit at The Miller Gallery. Rachael Nerney and I had a wonderful time collaborating on a subject that deeply inspires us both. It was a thrill to sit down with Lindsay Collins of EffinB Radio to chat all about it! I have been a big fan of Lindsay’s for some time now, so this was a very exciting way to kick off the new year. Hope you’ll give the episode a listen!

The amazing Lindsay Collins of EffinB Radio was a blast to chat with

The amazing Lindsay Collins of EffinB Radio was a blast to chat with

Paint-your-pet workshops students and I :)

Paint-your-pet workshops students and I :)

I’ve also scheduled some upcoming workshops at Redux. I have a Paint-Your-Pet workshop on Monday, January 28th and a Galentine’s Day workshop on Wednesday February 13th. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary for my workshops. Just bring yourself, a bottle of wine, some snacks, whatever you like! I will have all the supplies needed for creating your own masterpiece, and I make it easy peasy with ready-to-go templates and personal instruction. Sign up through Redux today!

2019 is getting off to a wonderful start. Thanks to everyone for making my first year as a full-time creative so wonderful and fulfilling, I am a very lucky lady.

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Announcing: Two Top | a duet show

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! I feel like I have been MIA lately and I apologize. I have been holed up in my studio and here's why...

Two Top | a duet show

I'm THRILLED to announce I will be showing with fellow Charleston artist, Rachael Nerney, at The Miller Gallery. I am so honored to have this exhibition opportunity in one of my FAVORITE contemporary Charleston galleries. Best of all, I am excited about the work we have been creating and eager for you to see it.

Rachael and I both have a passion for Charleston’s culinary community and the industry professionals inspire us every day. Thought and care is put into everything from ingredients to decor, and we want to acknowledge and appreciate the entire package. Restaurants themselves are a collaborative effort and art form, and we feel lucky to be living among so many masterpieces. Both bodies of work in Two Top are a tribute to the women and men who work so hard to create memorable and special culinary experiences.

I hope you can join us at one or both of the show openings:

  • Hospitality Preview 4-6pm | January 15th, 2019

  • Opening Reception 6-8pm | January 18th, 2019

More information about our show can be found here.

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The Holidays are Coming...

So apparently we’re already halfway through September, which means the holidays are right around the corner. This seems crazy to me, but the calendar doesn’t lie. To help get a head start on the madness, I’m offering 10% off all commissions when you book by October 1st. Custom art makes a really fun and special gift, check out my commission options here.

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Another way to get ahead on your holiday shopping is to attend Open Studios Night at Redux this month! On Thursday, September 27th the resident artists at Redux will have our doors open from 5-8pm. We will be serving refreshments, and will have LOTS of artwork available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public!

In addition to original pieces, I will have several varieties of note card packages and Charleston Hospitality prints available for purchase. Really looking forward to seeing you there!



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