‘Stranger Things’

Well, it's the first day of spring, and here we are in Virginia with this crazy winter storm!.. Pretty Strange... BUT- it inspired me to write this blog post just for fun. I often get asked by people, "What's the strangest thing you ever painted?" Below find my Top...

Snowball Fight!

It's the first day of winter!... and if you haven't driven by Sterling Shell on Route 7- you should pop in, fill up on gas and enjoy this fun-filled wintry scene featuring some rowdy, out-of-control snowmen! I've been painting windows for this family-owned business...

Not your grandma’s stencil

I've recently become very fond of painting with stencils! The Type-A perfectionist side of me that loves striping and plaids- enjoys the same kind of precise repetitive work. And-  they look amazing! Stencils afford you the ability to create just about any intricate...

Cozy up with Burberry Plaid

One thing is for sure- a Burberry Plaid room- much like the iconic pattern itself- will never go out of style!.... I have to give it to my clients- they are some of the most creative people!... Always coming up with the coolest ideas for me to paint. However, don't be...

I am loving it.

I wish I could use the more casual expression of 'I am loving it' but McDonald's has the trademark on that one!... Nevertheless, I AM loving this McDonald's in historic Chatham Heights near Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. Because this particular McDonald's was...

School Spirit

I thought in honor of that Back-to-School time of year and the onset of fall- a SPECTACULAR season to live in Virginia.... I'd highlight some of my previous school mural projects. Most recently, I completed this Success Pyramid for Lakeridge Middle School in...

A Tale of Two Fish

Once upon a time there was an awesome sport fishing mural that was loved by all. Several years later, the family welcomed a home remodeling project to add more space to the youngster's bedroom. Hooray!... But as the builders tore down drywall and smells of sawdust and...

Looking back- a mural retrospective

In honor of the (Happy!) New Year, I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my favorite projects from the past year- in this case, some creative baby nurseries. It is always my hope that nursery murals inspire joy and wonder in the little ones that grow up...

Wild about Stripes!

Why do I love painting stripes SO much?!... simple explanation: they always look incredible. And ANY room in your home can benefit from their clean, classic appeal- from dining rooms to nurseries to bathrooms. Stripes always, always, always look fantastic! Sure, most...

From Barn Door to Shoji Screen

I do a lot of tranformations in this line of work, but this recent painting project turned out SUPER! But unfortunately, I cannot take the credit for the idea itself- it was a concept my client in Laurel, Maryland had for her upstairs hallway. She wanted to replace...

Broadway Dreams

When Showcase Dance studio in Manassas approached me about doing a Broadway-themed mural for one of their dance studios, I was thrilled! The space was truly a 'blank canvas'- a large wall about 9 ft high and 20 ft long. In order to get a good grasp on the concept, I...

On Safari in Leesburg

If you're ever visiting Leesburg Sterling Family Practice on Riverside Parkway, you can see this adorable safari-themed waiting room for kids. The entire African landscape centers around a gigantic baobob tree and miles of grassy plains. A few staff members even...

80’s Arcade Mural

When asked to paint a Pac-man themed mural for an arcade room, I jumped at the chance. Being a child of the 80's myself, I've pumped my fair share of quarters into Pac-man machines growing up! I started with my wall painted flat black. And because the Pac-man game...

Maryland Vineyard

This project proved the ole expression is still true- you DO learn something new every day. When this client approached me about painting scenery from his favorite wine-growing region in Hungary, I thought, "Hungary?... Who knew!" But I was definately up for the task....

From Pilot to Pirate

Aye Matey! There comes a day when every child decides their room is too 'baby' for them. And so is the story of this once 'Baby Aviator' themed nursery now turned sailor of the high seas! Inspired by the Pottery Barn bedding, this room really adds color and flare...

Room with a View

What better way to celebrate Leap Day than with a blog post- I know, it only FEELS like I update my blog every four years... I'm trying to get better though, I promise! This dining room project was for a brand new home. I love getting started in an empty house... the...

Wild about Wolves

Perhaps it's the onset of winter... or maybe the new Twilight saga coming to theatres... either way, I'm inspired to show this room. As with every beginning, it started out as a few lines. The blue tape shows the area that will covered by the bed. The bed took up a...

Proud as a Peacock

I've recently received a lot of comments about my peacock mural- a project I completed just before Thanksgiving 2010- so I thought I'd share the story of this incredible piece of art. When I started working in this home, it was down to the bare drywall. Since before...

Pet Portrait Helps Lend a Paw

Something I always wanted to try my hand at- dog portraits!.. A friend of mine very involved in her local Humane Society had asked me to donate a pet painting as a prize for one of their fundraisers. I was more than happy to help out. Although I had never painted a...

A Marshmallow Medium

Sometimes it's fun to put down the paintbrush and create art in an entirely different way! Every year the Washington Post holds their annual PEEPS diorama contest and I can't resist the quirky fun of such a competition. This year, I modeled my diorama after...

Ten Years… and counting!

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since I painted my first mural! I remember how it took me FOREVER to paint a fairly small 5 x 11 foot wall space. But a big thanks to my dear friend Barbara for launching me on my career path! I'm sure her son has well outgrown...

I’m a painter, not a brick layer!

Over the summer I worked once again with Dyann Glenn- designer to some of Northern Virginia's most celebrated homes. In this project, the couple wanted to turn this room off the patio into a multifunctional kitchen -ideal for hosting pool parties and simply enjoying...