Changes are under way and these are changes for the good. Within the past month Western Rose Studios has made the move from Troutdale to the Oregon capitol, Salem. This is a long term location, because it has followed along with the decision to purchase (our first) home. Many of you know about me, Elizabeth, and a couple know about my husband, John. Just a little background; we've been married for about 5 ½ years now and he has supported my art since day one. Last month was my last day at my office job (been there for 5 years) and now I embark on my new chapter of focusing on Western Rose Studios by adding education and photography.
I am excited to share my love of watercolors, photography, and horses. I hope you will follow along with my journey.
Once you get to know me, you'll notice that I love horses. Growing up I had Stardust, a Welsh/Shetland Pony, as my best friend. I know it sounds cliche, but it's all true. I guess you could say I never outgrew the "horse crazy" phase many girls go through. I don't own any horses now, but I still get my horse fix and inspiration.
A couple years ago I found a place out near Eagle Creek, Oregon with many horses of all shapes in sizes ranging from giant Drum Horses, elegant Arabians, shy mules, to fuzzy burros. Many of these critters had been rescued and found a forever, loving home. Over the years I have been inspired by going out to get my horse fix. And now I want to share my inspiration with fellow artists.
This June was the second annual Drum Horse Artists Workshop, complete with a variety of equine models that participants pet and learned anatomy first hand, sketched from life, and watch me gave a watercolor painting demonstration. Plus, we were graced with two little Drum Horse fillies for art inspiration. Unfortunately, it was over 90° F that day, so we ended the workshop early. The same (heat wave) weather happened last June, so I'm highly considering changing my workshop to be at the end of September.
If you would like to sign up for my next workshop, please contact me to receive the information so you don't miss out! During your time at my one day workshop, you can meet many horses, mules, and donkeys, all the while knowing that while you're learning, you are helping the rescued equines because 40% goes directly to the rescue.
If you're available to come out to St. Paul, Oregon, now is the time! The broncs, bulls, cowboys, and cowgirls are all top notch and give a show that you won't see anywhere else. Plus, there are some talented artists whom have been juried into the St. Paul Wild West Art Show & Sale, which is free to attend. This is my fourth year attending and I've gotten to know many of the artists and we would all love to show you our art and if you can see it in your house or a friend's house, then please consider purchasing it. And if you don't have any cash, then don't worry because many of the artists now accept credit cards.
Before I move onto more excited news, I'll let you know the days and times at the art show is open.
July 1 | 3 pm - 11 pm
July 2 | 3 pm - 11 pm
July 3 | 3 pm - 11 pm
July 4 | 11 am - 11 pm
I hope you stay awhile. This is my journal where I will talk about my paintings, processes, photography & adventures, post processing, social media, and more.