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I started making art from a belief that our best lives are led boldly, beautifully, and on our own terms.

They’re like my brushstrokes—honest, brave, and carved out of raw messiness.

My best life involves painting. And I hope—through my actual artwork or my musings about life and the creative process—you’ll feel more emboldened to live your best life, too.

Through bold color palettes, you’ll be reminded to move through life similarly.

Through expressive brushstrokes, you’ll feel more confident in your own skin.

Art moves, uplifts, and inspires.

Let’s fill your walls with what encourages you.

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I’m Stephanie. I grew up climbing trees and tumbling down hills in southeast Louisiana.

When I wasn’t outside, I was creating. I made “books” by writing stories and illustrating them, scribbled in journal after journal, and drew on our driveway with rainbow-colored chalk. But it wasn’t until college that I discovered painting. One class quickly turned into two, then a minor, and then a second major.

Painting fell by the wayside when I graduated with the lofty dream of making the world a better place (and not knowing how art could fit into that goal). But somewhere between sacrificing my health to make an impact and giving up my creativity to climb the proverbial ladder, I realized my sweet spot lies somewhere in between: a place where I can make an impact on issues I care about while doing what I love. So I traded tear-filled Sundays and my self-imposed sense of “supposed to” for what felt…right.

Nowadays I hike and travel and translate what I see and feel into paint on canvas, and hope that my work sparks more consideration and conservation of our planet. When I’m not painting, you’ll find me bebopping around my mid-size Alabama city with my husband, where we spend sunny afternoons strolling along the river, evenings at our favorite local restaurants, and weekends dreaming up our next travel adventures.

I believe in living without regret—in taking chances and embracing imperfection. Fortune favors the bold. I make art because I love it, but also because I believe in its power. Because I believe that when you surround yourself with things that inspire you—things that encourage you to live your best and most bold and beautiful life—you’ll actually do it.

That belief permeates everything I do, whether I’m mixing and selecting colors, letting go when my brush hits the canvas, helping you find the best frame for your commission, crafting the perfect caption to bring you behind-the-scenes, or writing encouraging and inspirational words to share with you over email. Art chosen well is life-giving.

Glad you’re here, friend!


Greatest extravagance? 
A nice meal. Preferably Italian with wine.

Favorite city?
Savannah, Georgia.

Go-to vacay? 
The mountains!

Dream house? 
Something classic with a big porch and a beautiful view.

Bucket list? 
Hike to the Everest base camp. Road trip from Arizona to Wyoming. Learn guitar.

Artist crush? 
Claude Monet. Joan Mitchell. Jackson Pollock.

Favorite book? 
A Farewell to Arms
 by Ernest Hemingway.


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

-Oscar Wilde