Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Holidays ! Book sale

Happy Holidays !
 What better gifts to give the little one or new mom in your life than books. 
Perfectly sized for little hands and brightly colored art to entertain and educate your early reader.
Sturdy board books measure 6x6
Quantities are limited so order now before they are gone  ! 
Set of 4 First Words books
12.00 that's half off the set ! 

Things That Work

Big Dreams

Creatures Great and Small

Farm Animals

Things That Go


In The Garden

More titles are available.
 Check your local grocery store, Dollar Tree, Books A Million and coming this Easter Sams Club ! 

Friday, November 16, 2012


Meet baby Drew isn't he adorable !

He has the cutest woodland nursery.
Done in fun modern colors
The art was custom painted to go with the colors, fabrics and style of Drew's nursery.
Grow wise little Owl
11x14 acrylic on canvas 

The alphabet piece was painted during his baby shower all the attendee's painted a letter  or two.
We all had a great time painting together during the shower. Such a fun art piece painted by friends and family a great personal touch for any  nursery. 
Spread your wings little bird
11x14 acrylic on canvas 

Grandma painted the tree and Mom added the letters

Everything came together
to create a magical Woodland nursery with lots of personal touches by family and friends.
What a sweet room for a baby to grow up in.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Lion and the Lamb

What a sweet nursery theme.
"The lion and the Lamb"
Scalloped edges and sweet characters add charm and a touch of whimsy.
16x20 55.00
Custom designed ,hand painted and personalized to coordinate Penny's nursery.

Chevron bedding in grey white with yellow accents.

Needing that perfect piece to set your nursery apart ? 
 Or looking for that special and unique one of a kind gift for your next shower ? 
Let me make it for you !

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Live so that when you are gone, it will have mattered.

Italian Bistro 

Finezza is not only one of my favorite restaurants in Nashville.
 It is my favorite Italian restaurant. Our family just loves the ambiance, the food is delicious and not to mention they have the BEST tiramisu ever ! 

Finezza soon also became the setting for one of my most memorable pieces of art that I'll probably ever work on. As the owner showed me what needed restoring on the art piece, a tree carved out of wood ,hand painted, and placed to cover the office door. She asked me if I had heard of Janet March ,she was the original artist.The name sounded familiar ,but no. The owner then said she might sound familiar because Janet a local Nashville artist had been murdered by her husband.

Suddenly this art project became more important. I had to stop and ask myself would Janet want me painting on her art. My first thought, yes. If this was my art piece seen by so many people each week and it no longer looked it's best I could only hope that someone would come along and restore it for me. This piece of art was a bit of her, a piece of Janet's legacy. Intrigued I went home that night and looked up Janet March since I'd be working on her art I felt like I need to know more about her. Sadly there is more about her murder than her artwork, but I did learn that like me she was also an illustrator of childrens books.
 (Insert goosebumps here)  

So as I restored the tree over the next 2 days thinking of Janet, hoping to honor her memory and art by restoring the tree to as close to it's original state as possible. Cleaning it first then set to work mixing the colors to match her original choices. I went to work gently painting over the scuffs marks and damage, trying to follow along her original strokes. Giving her tree new life, then varnishing the piece to protect the restoration and the art piece she had once poured herself into. It was a truly humbling experience.  


 nicked and damaged by the previous owner
 when they  attached a menu holder to the front of Janet's Art piece.
When the trim around the tree had been painted the white paint had gotten onto the tree from top to bottom. 

All cleaned up looking much brighter and restored
after some cleaning, touch up paint and tlc. 

"The back"
Even the backside had been scuffed up overtime and needed to some love.
 After completing the tree The owner shared this quote with me which was quite poignant after the project I had just completed. Her Nana's gift of words "Live so that when you are gone, it will have mattered." and asked if I could paint it over her desk it's the first thing you see when you enter the office just past the tree.

"Live so that when you are gone ,it will have mattered."
I never knew Janet ,but I'll never forget her. Nor will I ever forget Nana's words of wisdom and try to work harder at living a life that will have mattered. 
So come see Janet's tree, have some lunch or dinner and be sure to eat a piece of that amazing tiramisu !

If you'd like to check out some of my original art you can find me
here at

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Prayer books, Plans and big news !

My First Book of Prayers 
Here is a little peek at my new books !
I'm so excited about them.
Here is each book and one page from that book.
 The hard part of this post was just picking one page !
They have been so successful they've been hard to come by so
I'm placing an order through my publisher. For my customers, family and friends.

Even more exciting, a little store you may have heard of it ? Sam's club is picking up my next series of prayer books ! Those will be out next Easter !  I've just completed the art work for those and I'll be sharing more about that  later, but for now take a look and let me know if you'd like a set of books  or one of these !
Jesus Loves Me

Let There be Peace on Earth

The Lord is Good To Me 
Let us be content

Trust In The Lord 

"Children obey your parents. For this pleases the Lord."
Colossians 3:20
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men"
Luke 2:14
Al Things Great and Small 

Jesus was humbly laid in a manger of wood.

Each book is an 8x8 padded board book.
7.00 per book or 25.00 for the complete set.

If you'd like to order just email me
with the title of the book you want or the entire set.
I'll be placing the order this week !

On a personal note I am so grateful for this opportunity, most days I still can't wrap my brain around it. The little characters in these books are all inspired by the families and children in my own life. Including the ones I've met and fallen in love with half way around the world in Africa. I can't tell you how humbling it is to sit and illustrate these books. 9 years ago I was an unhappy insurance clerk who barely believed. Today I BELIEVE through and through ,and not just because of the books. God didn't have to do this for me, but for whatever reason he chose me ,and I am grateful. There are lots of other artist even better ones, but he chose me ? I could have never dreamed this up on my own ,let alone achieve it.

All I know is God has a plan for each and every one of us. You too are chosen. Just chose to believe in him.
Over the last 9 years as I've come to know God he has shown me that I can make all the plans I want ,but he'd rather me spend my time getting to know him, so he can use me in his plan. 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

I'll be placing the order for the books this week and thank you ! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Make a joyful noise

Franklin Art Crawl

The first Friday of every month is the Franklin Art Crawl 
It's a lot of fun, you can take a trolley around Franklin.You'll visit Franklin art galleries
 and boutiques that highlight local Nashville Artist. You'll also have the opportunity meet some of the artists.

a local Franklin shop that carry's my art along with a lot of beautiful handmade items from local artists 
asked if I would come paint during the evening. So here they are !  The original art pieces are still available. Each art piece is also available in a print. The prints come with your choice of a black or white mat.

Make a Joyful Noise
18x24 200.00
8x10 Print matted to 11x14 25.00
16x20 150.00
8x10 Print matted to 11x14 25.00
16x20 150.00
8x10 Print matted to 11x14 25.00
16x20 150.00
8x10 Print matted to 11x14 25.00
Music is a common theme in my pieces. People often ask me why, and the answer. Well having once been a musician myself...yes, I used to play bass guitar in an alternative rock band ! and having been married to a musician for nearly 20 years now. It is and always will be a part of our life. It's also the reason we moved to Nashville so long ago. Since moving here we have meet some amazingly talented people in the industry and made some wonderful friends. So I just can't help ,but paint the music.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Meet Amelia isn't she just beautiful !
I had the privilege of painting for this precious little one.

"He will take great DELIGHT in you, Amelia..."

Beautiful and inspirational. Amelia's life verse art is not just a keepsake piece
 it can grow with her as her room decor  changes. 

An owl and bird mural over her crib compliment her bedding and tie together the fabrics
color and theme of Amelia's nursery.

For more inspirational, nursery art and ideas please visit 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hoot & Tweet !

HOOT & Tweet  !

Not only are owls wise they are CUTE !
and all the rage what a fun way to decorate.
Owl growth chart

What an adorable art piece and keepsake to keep track of your little one as they grow.
You can write on them with a fine line sharpie or sew a cute button on and add the date.
We like to mark ours every holiday around here ! 
Flowers, birds and owls in fun colors !
Wise Owl and Little bird !


All growth charts are hand painted on hemmed canvas and hung with coordinating ribbon. Custom made to match you decor, style and colors. They can be rolled up to move with you or for easy storage once they are all grown up, which I've noticed doesn't take long. They also make great gifts ! Want to order one for you or a friend send me a picture of the nursery or room, even a link to their registry and your growth chart will be the perfect compliment to your nursery or childs room.

To order and see more samples please visit

Monday, July 23, 2012



 Who couldn't love a face like that !
Dog portraits are one of my favorite things to do. Capture their spirit on canvas in paint.
I don't always have the privileged of knowing the animal that I'm painting ,but Porkchop was a friend. 
He put a smile on the face of anyone who saw him. He demanded attention and  a good back scrubbing  from whomever crossed his path.  He'd run at you full speed then swing around last minute crashing his backside into your legs then look up at you like well what are you waiting for ?

That's what I love about dogs they are who they are. They love us ,and we love them.

So tell me about your Pet, what is your favorite thing about them ?

To see more Animal Portraits please visit

Friday, June 29, 2012

Music ,Paint and Real Estate Paint Party !

 Paint Party ! 
Real Estate Services Inc.

Meet the team at Carter-Haston Real Estate.
 Quarterly they like to get together and do a team building project.
 This quarter they decided to create some art together !
After everyone had called it a day.
We had the paint party at their local office here in Nashville. 
 "Duck" has some skills ! 
 In between laughs we had some serious painting going on ! 
Nice work Susie ! 

What a great group of folks to paint with.
 It was a pleasure getting to share a couple hours of creativity , fun and maybe even learn a little something.
Not to mention everyone did and amazing job and got to take home their own masterpiece. To show off to family and friends.

Interested in having a paint party ?
Be sure and check out
or just email me at
and I will send you the details.