the person: very proud Mainer. beach lover. obsessed with decorating. adore coastal & cottage stylings. addicted to music. favorite ice-cream is campfire s'mores. a flip-flops & jeep kind of girl. wish I could play the guitar. love bbq food & rum.
the past: spent many years sitting at a desk as a Field Compliance Supervisor for a large financial firm. I liked my job, but decided life was too short not to LOVE what you spend most of your days doing. I craved color & creativity.
the adventure: Tracy and I took a hiatus from 'normal' life a couple of years ago. We sold our house & many of our belongings, walked away from careers & hit the open road in a tiny RV. 14 months + 32 states + 98 square foot rv = the most amazing & life changing experience ever! Read our travel blog
the new beginning: when we returned to Maine, I grabbed a piece of furniture from Craigslist to paint simply out of my love for painting and transformation. That sold. One led to two which led to four which led to more...and then that led to designing decor! I loved what I was doing & people were raving about my pieces. Dream come true!! I've been happily covered in paint ever since!
the name: growing up 5 minutes from 3 beaches, the salt air is simply in my blood! It's my happy place. It inspires many of my creations in both color and style. When it came time to choose a name, I wanted it to embrace my coastal roots and the casual look that I love surrounding myself with.
the person: adventurer, free-spirited, gut-follower, morning person, love to travel. Simple mottos have applied to my life: work hard, play hard and beer in hand, toes in sand! The ocean feeds my soul, live music moves my soul, athletics drive my competitive soul, coffee awakens my soul, and sunshine and warm weather are like water for my soul. Yes, winter in Maine is challenging for me even after all the years living here - I still crave my CA sunshine!
the past: growing up in a small town, I couldn't wait to get to a big college, move to the west coast and conquer the world. Upon graduation, the goal was to be a VP for a big corporation - I spent more than 20 years working for some of the best companies, and people, in the world - Johnson & Johnson, Frito-Lay Pepsi-Co, Netflix, Cole Haan/Nike, and yet my soul felt completely empty. I realized I'm not built to sit behind a desk all week cutting through red tape! I would rather be a hard-working entrepreneur chasing dreams.
the adventure: what can I say? It changed my life. Walking away from a nice paying corporate job, and deciding life had a bigger plan for me was the best decision I've ever made. My gut said it was right, and I haven't looked back once. Spending 14 months on the road LIVING is something I would recommend to anyone. It's scary and exhilarating all at the same time, but it's mostly amazing. It fed my soul on so many levels.
I'm doing what?: have to admit, I never thought I'd be painting as part of my career, but it's the most incredible feeling to get up each day, and know that we control our own destiny. As small business owners, we value our customers, and each day that we're in our workshop, we never lose site of that. We work hard to make the best products, and we hope our customers love them as much as we love making them. Our motto now: There's no Plan B. Only Plan A. And we still try to make time for those "beer (or rum) in hand, toes in sand!" moments.
Maine Made: Proud to be one of over 2,100 members representing some of the finest craftsmanship available today.
Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen (SSMC): Founded in 1968, this non-profit, juried craft organization features Maine craftsmen who are seriously committed to producing quality handmade products.
Saco Bay Artists: A membership of craftsmen whose mission is to help members further their skills in the medium of their choice through fellowship and free exchange of ideas and information.