As an artist-in-residence at a sprawling resort, I am often traveling to different locations to make art. Sometimes, I work outside on the porch. Friday nights, during happy hour, I am required to create artwork live in the lobby for guests. I have a table and chair set up in the lobby each Friday and mingle with guests as I draw. No, I do not create caricature portraits of the guests! Although, no shade if that’s your thing! I am able to fit a small framed art piece (sometimes up to three), art supplies, a pad of paper, business cards, and more in my canvas tote bag with sturdy leather straps. I have a backpack purse that can fit inside sometimes too. I carry my lightweight portable drawing table along with a plank of wood and a clamp to keep it in place. All of this is possible for me to manage on my own and now I love traveling as an artist!
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
I was immediately awe struck by the green forest moss covering the rocks and trees at Waldon Pond this spring. I am inspired to incorporate the shapes, textures, and colors of the forest into my artwork. My environment has always impacted what I make and how I go about it. From picture books to abstract art, the sights and sounds of my everyday life are crucial to my creative process. Growing up in suburban North Texas, the big blue sky, telephone poles, litter, American flags, and grackles greatly impacted my art. For my residency at Nemacolin Resort, I am surrounded by nature in the moist spring. New motifs are already starting to take form inspired by rocks, trees, and green moss!
I arrived at Nemacolin Woodslands Resort and Spa in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania on April 1st for a two-month artist residency! I am one of the many wonderful artists that will rotate through the home studio named Waldon Pond on the campus of Nemacolin Resort.
Waldon Pond was a private home remodeled with three studio spaces and living quarters for this brand new program! I can see the golf course and pond from my desk which is inspiring me endlessly. I love walking up the path through the forest to the main Chateau and Lodge. Follow me on this journey by checking the blog regularly.
Have a Pleasant Day.