This piece, and a few others just like it, is the piece that started it all. After looking for the perfect housewarming gift for my parents, I had this idea to paint aspens on barnwood using all the knots and cracks as my guideline for where to put the trees to use the character of the wood in my favor. After sharing on social media, and with friends and family, I had dozens of requests to paint a similar painting. Within 3 months, I was commissioned for 50 different barnwoodpaintings with little to no advertising. Today I periodically still open for commissions for these gorgeous pieces.
As a child, I lived in Florida few years, not far from the beach. I was pretty excited when I came a crossed some pieces of barnwood that seemed to portray the movement of waves. The flow of the grain reminded me of the breathtaking beach scenes I saw as a child living near the beach in Florida. My first attempt was a piece that was about 5 ft long and 3 ft tall. It was sold the day I posted it online just to show. Since then I have recreated dozens of beach scenes that each have a special meaning. One is of family names in the sand to remember their missionary, another represents a proposal scene, others come with a love story, and all different kinds of special requests. It was fun to work with each buyer to make sure their dream for the piece exceeded expectations. I occasionally open for seascape custom orders.
I loved doing this piece! This watercolor piece was made for my sister who was finally blessed with twins after trying to conceive for a long time. She gave me a few ideas but left me with the ability to be creative and just see what I came up with. She wanted to animals to look cute but more realistic. After a couple of sketches, I came up with each of these animals and they seemed to fit together perfectly in this little jungle animal collage. She was so excited and said that the painting exceeded her expectations. Today it still hangs in what I think is the cutest nursery ever!
At one point, I ventured out of the aspens and seascapes to try something new on barnwood. Most of these were created as special and meaningful gifts. Each was unique and challenging in its own way. The reactions of the receivers were priceless!
I was not sure how to approach this project at first but it turned out amazing and was fun to do. I was commissioned to paint life like animals on cuts of semi-precious stone. I have never painted on stone before but the whole process was a great learning experience and I discovered that I was pretty good at detail and really enjoyed making these animals come to life. Since then, these paintings and a few more have been displayed and sold at rock shows.