“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” – Aristotle
I fell in love with watercolor because of its wildness; that tension, suspension of pigment in water. . . that balance of control & chaos. That’s why I love watercolor and it’s how I want to live.
Living as an artist is part of that tension for me. As a business owner, you have control but the lack of external structure & guaranteed outcomes can also feel chaotic at times. In the end, it’s about using your best gifts every day, putting a little more beauty into the world for others to enjoy & facing a degree of uncertainty with grace because it’s what you’re called to do. I love it with all my heart. I live in Greensboro, NC with my husband Joel & our cat Britin. I currently work out of my little upstairs home studio & en plein air whenever I can.
A bit about the name ‘HighBrow Hippie’: A lot of people think of artists as hippie/bohemian-types. I’m sure I have aspects of those stereotypes within my personality but I’ve never felt like I completely fit that mold or any other. Authenticity has always been so important to me; loving things truly for their own sake, not because you’re “supposed” to (because you’re an artist or whatever you happen to be). So, HighBrow Hippie is really about authenticity: the juxtaposition of classic, modern, highbrow, lowbrow– whatever it is that calls to you– for its own sake, not because it fits a certain image you have of yourself or others’ expectations of you. I also happen to think that these juxtapositions make for the most interesting people, art, styles & homes. It’s easy to get caught up in what’s popular at the moment but finding what really speaks to you is so much more rewarding in the long run.