Thorne Miniature Rooms

Last week I visited one of my favorite places, the Art Institute of Chicago. I wanted to see the Thorne Miniature Rooms and see the holiday decorations that they had added to several of the miniature displays. If you have never seen this exhibit, it’s a permanent display at the museum and is definitely worth… Continue reading Thorne Miniature Rooms

My favorite Decorating Trends of 2011-2012

As a decorative artist and lover of design, I try to stay on top of decorating trends and keep images and ideas that are fresh and exciting at the top of my head to use as inspiration for upcoming projects. As we come to the end of 2011 and start to look ahead to the… Continue reading My favorite Decorating Trends of 2011-2012

The Ancient Art of Bonsai

I’ve always been intrigued by “bonsai-d” trees and plants. There is something so cool about those tiny trees and forests! They almost look like tiny fairy gardens. I find them really magical. I love the idea of working in harmony with a living thing to achieve an end result that is aesthetically pleasing and actually… Continue reading The Ancient Art of Bonsai

A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

I have heard of her before; I saw her on Oprah. I’ve come across her artwork online. But today, I decided to research her story. I am in awe. Her name is Akiane Kramirek and she is an extremely gifted artist, poet and philosopher from Idaho. At four years old she received divine inspiration and… Continue reading A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

Salon 2011 (continued…)

Well, Salon 2011 has come and gone and I am still smiling a week later. I had such a good time painting, laughing and dancing with all of my friends. For those of you who are unfamiliar with salon, you can check out their website at We are a group of decorative painters from… Continue reading Salon 2011 (continued…)

Artisphere Online

I am honored and excited to be the featured artist in the premier issue of the new digital version of IDAL’S magazine Artisphere, “Artisphere Online.” Please check it out for lots of interesting news about the Decorative Painting Industry, along with how-to’s, links, decorating hints, etc. Congratulations to my friend Pat Ganino at Creative… Continue reading Artisphere Online

Feathering your nest…

Birds are all the rage in decorating! From birdcage lamps at Urban Outfitters, to vintage style bird prints on pillows at Pottery Barn to bird necklaces and earrings, these decorative feathered friends seem to be at the height of design fashion. features this lovely mirror that would look great in a vintage or modern… Continue reading Feathering your nest…