- Designing my own studio space provides a canvas, to which I am grateful and lucky to be able to color with my experiences, my artifacts and tools of the trade, arranged to inspire and unleash the artist within. This project of redoing the studio was like a detox for my brain. I was able to empty out all the drawers, so that I could reduce clutter that had been clouding my mind, cleansing and filtering out years of unkept things. I was able to get rid of furniture that was only there for decoration rather than for actual use. I minimized, simplified and catered the room to my creativity. A comfortable chair for reading in the morning when I wake up to a warm cup of coffee and a good book with a blanket. A leather sofa and lounge area for when I have friends over for wine or a kickback. A long wide desk since this is where I spend half my time drawing, researching, editing photos, and writing. A soft rug under my easel for catching paint to protect the hardwood floors. A couple of rolling carts to keep supplies for easy access and storage. A little twin bed in the corner for if I want to take an afternoon nap.
And personal touches incorporated throughout the white landscape to make this place sacred. A Mexican avocado green blanket from one of my summer trips, Himalayan prayer flags gifted by a friend, a painted tin cup I use for turpentine from my artist mentor, a wooden piggy bank from Cambodia to collect coins, a concrete table built to hold my prized collection of coffee table books. And last but not least, a handful of my paintings up on the wall, to remind myself of my journey as an emerging artist.