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We’re On The Move!

Fox Art Works is on the move this month to Northern Virginia.  If you live in Northern Virginia, please come out and paint with me on April 7 or April 10!  It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere and gives you something “different” to do?  Instead of checking out Netflix… get CREATIVE!  Have a drink with friends!  And learn a something new!  I hope to see you!  You can register for classes here.

Here’s what you’ll be painting in NoVA!

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April 13 – is painting again in Holly Springs, NC!  “Hanging Hydrangeas” would make a great gift for you mom for Mother’s day coming up in May!  Paint her something she can hang in her home!  You can change up the colors on these flowers to match your décor.  Bring your friends and “Paint the Town” with me!

Hanging Hydrangeas

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. ”   -Vincent Van Gogh

Paint the Town

What’s up with all the “Paint and Sip” type classes?  Well, I’ll tell you – FUN.  Here’s some FAQs that might help.


Q: I can’t draw a straight line.  How can I create my own painting?


A: During FOX Art Works “Paint the Town” classes, I’ll walk you though each step of creating your own work of art from a blank canvas.  No experience is necessary.  You will surprise yourself with how good you actually are!  I will help you – one on one as needed – if you run into any hiccups.  I will guide you through your piece but will not actually draw on your canvas myself.


Q: What about the “sipping” part?


A: Our classes are casual and relaxed.  Public events have beer/wine for purchase at the venue or it is provided by a sponsor.  Private events are BYOB.  Part of the class is painting and the other part is socializing and letting creativity take your mind off any stress you have.  Only students 21+ are permitted to drink alcohol during the class.


Q: What’s included in the class?


A:  The cost of the class is $35 and includes all art supplies (brushes, paint, easel, apron), a 16×20 canvas you will take home and 2 hours of instruction.


Q: Are all ages welcome?


A:  Yes.  However, most classes (unless otherwise noted) are geared towards and paced for adults.


Q:  Is registration required?


A:  Yes.  Registration and payment must be completed prior to class to ensure you have a spot.  Payment is done via pay pal.  Refunds will be issued in the unlikely event the class is cancelled.  Reserved seats are transferable but not refundable other than due to class cancellation.  Any cancellation notice will be provided with at least 24 hours notice.


Q: Do you do private parties/events?


A:  Yes, email me if you are interested in hosting your own event.  These can be for a group of friends, corporate team building, church groups, children’s parties, showers – anything!  You can choose a piece for your event from the portfolio or contact me and I’ll create a custom work of art for your event.

Time to thaw out.

I’m so looking forward to the sunshine and warmer temps later this week.  I’m ready to thaw out from all this ice!  Did you know that you can follow me on Instagram?  There you can see progress on my latest works and updates about classes.  Also, some random pics of me and the crazy, delicious foods I cook!

I’m very excited about the class this coming Sunday afternoon at ACME.  You can register here.  This relaxing afternoon class will feature step by step instruction on how to paint EITHER one of these paintings of our own Holly Springs “Harris Lake”.  I’m very excited about painting this beautiful landscape with great lighting through the large glass windows.  Come early to order some lunch and bring a friend so each person can paint a different view!

See you there!  Cheers!

Harris Lake 2Harris Lake

Don’t forget

Or… try to remember to be a little creative each day.  Doodle while your on those conference calls.  Write your name in beautiful CURSIVE.  Draw a mark and see where it takes you.  Look outside at the freezing weather and draw yourself a palm tree and a cocktail.  A little art can go a long way.

Don’t forget to register for upcoming paint and sip events.   Good news – I’m now able to accept credit cards at the painting events.  Cash and check are still accepted.  Also, support local Holly Springs artists at the annual Holly Springs Arts festival the first week in February.

Check out the classes portfolio to see what paintings are present (and past) available for future events as well as for private parties.  I’m available to teach your group to paint one of these or I can do a custom piece for you.

Purple PansiesHarris Lake

Paint, paint, paint… and sip wine.

Don’t forget to register for the class tomorrow, January 13 to paint your personalized “Lovebirds in the Moonlight”!  There’s also another opportunity to paint with me on Sunday afternoon, February 21.

If you’re a Holly Springs local, check out the latest issue of Suburban Living magazine.  There’s a ton of information about the Holly Springs Arts Council Arts Festival the first week in February.  There’s also a photo of yours truly in there from last year’s festival!  Don’t miss the speaker, Jonathan Daniel.  He’s an amazing artist and his lesson on the importance of art will stick with you always.


Lovebirds MoonlightHarris Lake

Happy Thanksgiving

Art is such a good reminder to me.  It reminds me to stop, pause and be thankful.  I am thankful for the gift of being able to create art.  I am thankful for the joy it brings those who gaze upon it and the feeling I have when I complete a piece.  I am thankful that I have a home to hang my art.  I am thankful that art can speak to people in a way that words cannot.  I am thankful that art created hundreds of years ago still is significant today.  I am thankful that one work of art can help someone feel better, make someone remember something great, create conviction and remind us to be thankful.


Come create your own masterpiece with me on December 16 in Holly Springs.  This joyful red Poinsettia will make a great addition to your holiday home decor or will be an amazing gift for someone special.  Just think if you gave your holiday party hostess a work of art!  Enjoy a relaxed evening using vibrant shades of red and green while sipping your favorite glass of wine.  You can register for this class here.  See you there!  Cheers!


Hello everyone!  I’ve been teaching painting classes at ACME in Holly Springs for the last two months.  Each time, I’ve had an amazing group of artists!  At these painting events, you can sip on tasty glasses of wine and local beers while enjoying great company and fantastic food.  I provide step-by-step instruction so you can leave with your very own masterpiece.  There’s absolutely no experience required and beginners are encouraged.  This month, class will be on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:30-8:30pm.

Please register here to reserve your spot at this fun event.

$35 includes all art supplies and instruction.  Glasses of wine are only $5 for artists.  Cheers to that!!!  This month we will be painting “Blue Holy Night”.

Blue Holy Night

Check out last month’s painting “Autumn Harvest”:

Autumn Harvest

You can see videos of live painting at the event and group photos on Facebook.  

Don’t forget to like my Facebook Page to see upcoming classes and you can now follow me on Instagram.


Happy Holiday!

It’s so nice to have a day off work!  I’ve taken a moment to add some recent work to my site.  The first piece is a portrait of a mother and daughter done in graphite on paper.

Mom & Daughter

Next is a fancy pink bird – a flamingo.  I used Rembrant pastels on black paper to make the pink color pop.  I wanted to capture the flexibility and grace of this bird.


Last is ‘Name Art’ I did for a friend of mine.  Her son’s room was decorated in vintage baseball decor.  This was also done with Rembrant pastels on paper.


I’m going to enjoy the rest of the day off.  Maybe even work in the studio for a bit!  (Hopefully!)

Here’s a quote from Pablo Picasso that I remember every day.  “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”  I love the freedom and expression in children’s art and often wish I could channel such uninhibited creativity so easily!

Home is where the (He)art is

Here’s a peek into my home.  If I can’t be creating art all the time – I’m going to surround myself with it!

In my entryway, there’s a print I picked up in NYC at MoMA of Jasper John’s Map, a British literary map of the UK from the British Library I found while in London and a “subway sign” I painted with wording specific to me. There’s also my large painting of a Model T.

Just inside the door, family and guests are welcomed with an almost five foot tiki carved by Charlie at Palm Tiki in Pensacola, FL.  Next to that is my Crosley record player (yes, I listen to records!) and sitting on top is a lighted bottle of VanGogh vodka. On the wall is a black and white map of the sunken war ships off the East Coast.


Just over to the right is a glass cabinet that holds most of my work done in glassblowing.  I’m no Chihuly, but I love this work!


Upstairs in my studio, a large bookshelf houses my art history books which are held up by Rosie the Riveter bookends.  Under that, sits VanGogh, Monet, Picaso and Frida Kahlo.  These fun dolls are from the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild.


I love coffee.  In my kitchen, I have an area specifically dedicated to coffee.  Above that table is a print of A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Manet.  I got to see the actual piece while on a trip to London.  On top of the print is a Carnival mask from Venice.


“The Earth without “Art” is just “Eh”.

In the mood for LOVE

I love art.  LOVE IT.  I love creating art, buying art, learning about art, talking about art, talking to artists and even reading art history.  I also love movies about art.  I’ve mentioned some “artsy” movies in previous posts.  I recently went to see The Monuments Men.  It did get some iffy reviews – but I really enjoyed the film.  It was a great reminder about why art is important and the difference it makes in our lives.  There are some pretty famous actors in the movie and some comedy mixed in.  Rolled up in all the art and drama is the sobering reality of WWII.  I’d recommend the film to anyone who also loves art and a great cast of actors.

Portraits of people are by far my favorite thing to do.  People are just beautiful.  There’s so much that can be captured about a person by the look in their eyes, the wrinkles on their face, the position of their body or the way they hold their head.  It’s captivating.  I’m fortunate to be able to capture some of this beauty in my work.  Unfortunately, sometimes our own mirrors can be irritating instead of helpful.  Next time, instead of seeing a flaw in the mirror – a line on your face, a rounder middle, a scar, a dark freckle, a gray hair – think about art.  You are art.  All the things that are imperfect about you work together to make you a perfect piece of beautiful art.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10  (NLT)

Here’s some new work:

This is a graphite portrait.  I used a 6B Woodless Graphite pencil to create very dark tones for this work.  I’m really liking the eyes on this one.  She looks like she may bat her long lashes at us at any moment.


Here’s another pet painting.  This is a hunter green acrylic background.  This dog – Tootsie – is a spunky Shih tzu.  You can almost see how sassy this little pooch is with her upturned nose and head and her big fluffy tail.

Zoo animals

Last – a new Mobile.  This mobile has a giraffe, elephant, hippo and some tropical leaves suspended with hemp string from spokes of aluminum.  Hopefully it’s new owner will see these dancing animals and dream of the zoo.