a little about me

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a moment to get to know me. I hope you’ll let me know you were here so I can get to know you, as well.

Who I am…

I am a San Francisco born, Northern California beach girl married to a Southern gentleman from the Peach State who charmed me away from the bright city lights on the bay and the sandy shores of Northern California to the Deep South. My new home is surrounded by more than 200 camellias, magnolias, cherry trees, and dogwoods, in the heart of Georgia where I live and work with my husband and delightfully curious little boy {my muse} who inspires my creativity each and every day.

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What I have studied…

I attended the University of California at Berkeley and studied art and architecture in Florence, Italy while an undergraduate at UC. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from UC, I returned to Italy to pursue graduate studies in the field of architectural interior design in Cortona with the University of Georgia.

My Master of Fine Arts degree is in interior design from the University of Georgia in Athens. As a graduate assistant at UGA, I taught furniture design, color and materials, and architectural graphics. Special studies included fabric and furniture design, paper making, bookbinding, and the history of Twentieth Century photography.

During this time I began a wholesale art and hand painted home décor business selling my art, photography, decorative arts, and hand painted furnishings throughout the United States and abroad.

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My day job…

My interior design work, which began with designer showcase homes and the staging of yachts, now includes residential and commercial interior design throughout the Southeast and occasionally on the West Coast.  My photography includes commercial, portrait, group, fine art work and has been exhibited nationally.  I happily accept commissions for illustration and photography works.

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Other work I do…

My art, design, illustration, and photography have been licensed on a wide range of products including home goods, dinnerware, fine art prints, gifts, and stationery.  Getty Images licenses a collection of my photography globally.  My work and writing is published regularly in journals, magazines, and books nationally and internationally.

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What else I like to do…

When I am not working in the interior and architectural design field, I stay creative making beautiful and useful art for my online shops, looking through my camera lens, gardening, refinishing and painting antiques and vintage pieces, teaching art to children, biking along the beach, and of course spending as much time as I can with my lovely family.

I hope you will come back now and then for a visit.

Ciao amici,

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