“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.
“But ask the animals,
and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky,
and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth,
and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”
– Job 12:7-10