Why Art Matters

I loved to draw as a child. I could weave an intricate story about my first drawing, or how I remember the way I first felt when I picked up a pencil, but in truth, I don’t remember any of that. I do remember the happiness I felt when I would draw something and give it to … Read More

Controlled Chaos: The Acrylic Pouring Technique

If you’ve spent any time on my Facebook, Instagram or if you’re lucky, in my studio, you’ve probably noticed that lately I’ve been obsessed with acrylic pouring. Acrylic pouring is a technique where the artist mixes acrylic paint and a flow extender like Floetrol or even water to create mesmerizing abstract artwork. Some artists even add silicone or … Read More

Why You Need to Buy Art

Alright the title of this sounds a little suspicious because I am an artist that sells art. But, hear me out. As an artist, family and friends constantly ask me for artwork. Typically, I’m happy to just give it to them because a.) I didn’t pay for a formal art education, and b.) it makes me very happy to see people enjoying my … Read More

June Update: The Summer of Experimentation

That’s not as dirty as it sounds. Messy, sure… I’m comfortable with sketching, I’m comfortable with pouring and enhancing paintings, but now I want to get out of my comfort zone and try some new things that I’ve been putting off. So, over the next few weeks I’ll be creating my standard jewelry, drawings and … Read More

What Is an Artist?

I’ve been trying to answer this question most of my life. When I was a kid, being an artist was almost an insult. If you were an artist, it meant that you didn’t fit neatly into the idea that society had for normality. You were “creative”, used in quotations because usually, “creative” was sarcastically synonymous … Read More

February Update: What’s Up This Month

Thank you to everyone who has helped to support Studio Blackwater over the past few months. I really appreciate all of your kind words and the ability to do what I love while supporting those who need it. This month, I’m trying to get my spark back. I had big dreams for January that didn’t … Read More

January Update: What’s up at Studio Blackwater

2018 got here so much faster than I thought it would! I’ve been busy at work refining a few techniques I’ve been learning over the past few months, specifically acrylic pouring. This technique combines different, complimentary acrylic paints, Floetrol and silicone (or for me, OGX coconut oil mist). Then, all of it is poured in a cup … Read More

October Update: The Superhero Fund

Whether we like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. For many of us, this is an exciting time where we get to give, receive, and enjoy the company of good friends and family. This is not the case for everyone, however. There are many this holiday season who will not be able … Read More

Defensive Creation: What It Is & Why You Should Try It

Unfortunately, I think that most of us would be hard-pressed to find someone who has had a “normal” childhood. So, today I’m reaching out to all of you who felt alone, scared or anxious, and began to get angry when all of those feelings followed you into adulthood. I was told by someone recently that … Read More

August Update

This month is shaping up to be really exciting for Studio Blackwater. Scary Mommy published an article that I wrote about parenting with PTSD. This article highlights the stormy life of a mother struggling with the intimacy and emotional issues that come with this frustrating disease. You can check it out by visiting http://www.scarymommy.com/parenting-with-ptsd/. I … Read More