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Welcome to the Newsletter! A letter to let you know about current projects, upcoming events, and updates to the store!

New Paintings!

The first of the year is always a great time to get a lot of paintings done. The cold weather combined with the fresh start of the new year lends itself well to studio time. So I've been pretty quiet the last two months, busily working on four new Quaint Spirits paintings:

A Shower of Stars

She is the Elf of Discovery

Stars stretching into forever
wheeling into infinity
galaxies blossoming open
through the eyes of curiosity

I'm always inspired by science, astronomy, history, all of the ways we try to understand the world around us. The world is full of so much wonder to discover and I think I'm comforted by the idea that there will always be something new to learn.

Spiral of Thought

She is an Elf of Thought

Too many thoughts
crowded spiraling toward the light
trying to reach the sun

This piece was inspired by my own struggles with anxiety and how thoughts can sometimes take root and spiral out of control.

Lavender Tea

He is an Elf of Rest

The scent of lavender lifting
uplifting and peaceful
a breath of quiet settles softly in

Kind of as a counterpoint to the previous piece, this one is about finding those things that help to bring peace and rest to your life. For me, the scent of lavender always reminds me of my Grandmother and is one of my favorite ways to remember to breathe, to slow down, to try and be present in the moment.

A Mask of Hawthorn

Here is the current piece I'm working on with the first few washes painted. I really enjoyed this drawing, so it's exciting to be able to finally bring it to life with color.

After this, there is only one Quaint Spirits painting left. I'm amazed to be so close to the finish.
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Inprnt & Redbubble!

You can now buy open edition prints of all of the Quaint Spirits paintings at Inprnt! I chose Inprnt because of their high quality standards and beautiful paper, and am so excited that all of these paintings are available now.

My Redbubble Shop now has Quaint Spirits paintings available as mugs, spiral notebooks, totes, and journals! The Elf Queens of the Four Seasons are available for purchase now, and I'll be updating this shop with the rest of the paintings soon.

This is in addition to the coloring books, originals, original sketches, limited edition prints, greeting cards, and postcards I already offer at my website shop! Check it out!
Art Shop
Art Process

From now on, I'll be devoting a little section of the newsletter to talking about the process of making art. It's something I really enjoy thinking about, and have already been doing in an informal way, so it's now official!

Firstly, I have to get this out of the way, because it's one of the biggest lessons I've had in the last few years. There really isn't a shortcut to art. There isn't a quick way to magically become better at it. It's honestly exactly like a sport, or practicing piano, you have to put in the hours and the practice to become good at it. Think of it in terms of quantity instead of quality first. You'll get to the quality later, but right now it's more important to fill 100s of pages in your sketchbooks and make as many paintings as possible.

So take 5 minutes and sketch something, or paint something for yourself today. It will really add up over time!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments, or would just like to say hello. I love hearing from you!

Thank you so much for supporting independent art!

All the best!

My work is inspired by the archetypes in fairytales, folklore, and myths. Through these archetypes I seek to capture those moments when time seems to stop. When we are caught holding our breath in wonder, and about that moment afterwards when we exhale, transformed.

When I'm not doing that, you can find me reading, walking in nature, discovering new music, gaming, spending time in cafes, cooking, spinning yarn, knitting, figuring out how things work, and traveling.