As 2020 is officially under way, I wanted to reflect on all that happened in 2019! This felt like a big year for me and my work as it was full of some dreams finally coming to fruition and full of other exciting accomplishments. Below are my top ten highlights that made my year!
No. 1 - A Raven's Nest
I released my storybook, A Raven's Nest, in January! Growing up, I loved reading artful books, so this was an idea that I had always wanted to pursue.
No. 2 - Book Tour
For the launch, Lil Bit Lit and I partnered with Serena & Lily on a book tour. At each Serena & Lily store I visited (Chicago, Newport Beach, Dallas, and Summit NJ), I shared a reading of my book and did a nest drawing workshop for kids. It was so fun seeing children connect with my book and artwork!
No. 3 - Open House TV Feature
Renovating our Charleston home was one of the biggest personal projects I have ever taken on. It was so fun to show all the details that make our house a home on this feature!
Interior Design by Plum Collective
No. 4 - Girls With Flowers Release
A series that I continue to re-visit year after year. For 2019, I had a limited color palette in mind, which made exploring this subject more challenging. I think the end result was a success!
No. 5 - Anthropologie Collection
For years, I have admired Anthropologie and I was so grateful when this opportunity came along! We took some of my favorite paintings of birds for a tabletop collection. Seeing the finished products on their shelves was so surreal!
No. 6 - Book Reading at Zoo Gallery
I got to read my book at my family's art gallery, The Zoo Gallery, on the Gulf Coast. I spent quality time with friends + family and got in some beach time!
No. 7 - Mountains: Birds + Daily Studies
During the month of August, I took a self-imposed artist residency in the mountains of North Carolina. Not only did I work on a series of Bird paintings, but I also challenged myself to a drawing a day. Each drawing was then a surprise to the purchaser and included a note about that day during my residency.
No. 8 - Love Birds
This was a new series that I developed during 2019. These paintings were intended to bring delight into the home and was such a sweet series that I am currently working on round two to be released before Valentine's Day!
No. 9 - Nests
Another series that means so much to me. For this series, in particular, I was inspired by my families old quilts. The quilts that have been apart of us way before me. The ones who have kept so many loved ones cozy.
No. 10 - Gregg Irby Event
Grateful for another year of life and to be able to do what I love! Thank you for your continued support, year after year. It means so much. Here's to 2020 and all the things to come!