Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Surprise

Although most of the artwork I create are landscapes, I do enjoy painting furniture and other non-traditional surfaces. My good friend Alan contacted me before Christmas with a gift idea for his mom. Alan and his wife, Candice, are expecting twins this coming summer and he wanted a primitive plate (his mother's home decor style) with this saying: "The only thing better than having you for a mom is my children having you for a grandma." The plate is pictured below, click to enlarge.

Most visual artists do not have the satisfaction of knowing the viewer's first reaction to a piece of artwork like most performance based artists do. I asked Alan if he could take a picture of his mom opening this sentimental present and he certainly delivered! On Christmas morning I had this video sent to me via text message:

Thank you, Alan, for sharing this video!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Memories of Maine

Here is my latest painting, Memories of Maine. Last year while we vacationed in Lincoln, Maine I took a picture of the first sunset from our dock. This painting is my rendition of that breathtaking moment. It turned out to be one of the most challenging paintings that I have completed. It was my first attempt to paint a sunset and water with ripples. Although I struggled along the way to find the correct color palette (I repainted the water 4 times!) I feel accomplished with this painting and welcome the challenge of another sunset or water scene in the future.

Memories of Maine - 7" x 5" - Acrylic of Paper

Monday, May 21, 2012


The Salem County Arts in Bloom was a great success!  A Whole New Light was the perfect space to exhibit my paintings and meet so many local art enthusiasts. I really enjoyed talking about my artwork as my first appearance as an English. Below is a picture from this weekend.

Many visitors recognized my new last name and instantly connected me to the English family of Aldine. I find this association exciting because most of the subject matter I paint is derived from scenes of Aldine. I feel that the transition into using my new last name as an artist will be easy and beneficial in identifying myself as a local painter (My new family is VERY large and well known in Salem County).

Thank you again for your support this weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Arts in Bloom

I am excited to announce that I will be a part of the 2012 Salem County Arts in Bloom Tour on May 19th & 20th. I will be exhibiting my landscape paintings at my mother's candle shop: A Whole New Light. Please come to view my artwork, I'd love to meet you!

Children and adult art class information will be available in the Fall/Winter Class brochure. Prints are always available for purchase exclusively at A Whole New Light.

My good friend, Janice Chassier, of Mudhen Pottery will also be exhibiting and selling her one-of-a-kind hand thrown ceramics. Be sure to stop out!

Monday, March 5, 2012


It has been a while since I have posted a blog and I thought I would provide a reason for the drought - I'm engaged! Two days after my last post, my boyfriend asked me on his 27th birthday to marry him. Needless to say I've been a bit distracted from the art world. A lot of plans are in motion and I am looking forward to getting married. I honestly never thought the day would come but you know what they say about saying never!

Recently we had the opportunity to get our engagement pictures taken with one of my friends from college, Don Macavoy. Don and I met my first semester as an art education major at Rowan in 2-D Design and we have been friends ever since. It is a great experience to work with someone who you know on many levels. Don and I have worked on artistic projects together, have critiqued each others' work, and of course have cheered each other on through our endeavors.

I have a lot to look forward to this coming year and this has given me a new outlook on my professional art career.  Be sure to check out some of the shots and click on the link to Don's website to see more of his work.

Photo by Don Macavoy

Photo by Don Macavoy

Photo by Don Macavoy

Monday, January 9, 2012

Painting on Non-Traditional Surfaces

When most people think of paintings they think of artwork created on canvas or fine pressed papers. But this is not the case for me. I love to paint on anything! Give me an object, an idea and I'll paint it for you. My friend, Mary Coombs, is a great example of a woman with creativity and imagination. She is the co-owner of A Garden Party, a local all occasion florist company, and has commissioned me to refinish two pieces. I thought it would be great to share the different types of things I have painted for her and maybe you'll get inspired to have a piece of furniture redone for your own home.

For her business, I refinished an antique sewing box that she rents to brides as a card box. The box was originally a dark stain and Mary had the vision of painting it a fresh color with a silhouette of brown dandelions.

Mary also had special plans for a cedar hope chest that was given to her by her grandparents. The chest was originally a dark stain and was sitting in her garage. She wanted the chest to be an accent piece in her bedroom with a painted design to match her beloved curtains (What a great idea!). After dusting it off and giving it a fresh coat of paint, here is the final product.

Contact me for details on how I can help you bring new life to any surface in your home.