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Utah Mountain Wedding

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Creating wedding illustrations with pets involved never gets old. I’m not sure who stole the show more of this Park City, Utah wedding, the furry friend, back drop, gorgeous couple, or that insane floral arch? Wow! It’s a toss up I suppose. Needless to say this must have been an amazing day for the happy couple and their guests!..

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Australia Bushfire Illustration

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Australia has always been a dream to me, ever since I was a little kid. Being the animal lover I am, it's been their creatures that have captivated me. Each one cuter or more unique than the next. What's been happening in Australia over the last few months hurts my soul. The amount of animal lives lost, both wild AND domestic is devastating and heartbreaking. Let us not forget about those trapped behind fences and inside barns, unable to even have the chance to escape their fate. They too suffer and feel pain the same as their wild forest friends. This illustration was created in memory of all those affected by this catastrophic event. 100% of the net proceeds from this illustration goes to bushfire relief programs, because every little bit helps! "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." -Ronald Reagan    ..

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Spirit Animal Series has Begun

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It's finally feeling like fall in Charleston, so that means time for a new oil painting series. I've just begun on what might be my most favorite series of paintings ever. I call it my "Spirit Animal" series. The idea came about when my husband, Derek, and I were discussing what we thought our spirit animals would be. Derek, being an avid windsurfer who's always chasing the wind and waves, decided up a pelican, who love to let the wind catch their wings as they glide just above the water. For me, it was a bit more difficult. I adore all cats, from the typical house cat to those roaming the jungle floor. However, I've also always been very attracted to wolves and even had a wolf calendar growing up. Eventually, I decided upon the fox. While they are in the same family as dogs, they’ve often been described as very cat-dog like, sharing traits of both species. After we had settled on our spirit animals, an image of a painting popped in my mind! I SHOULD PAINT THAT! And so I got to planning. Soon the piece really took hold in my minds eye as I began adding in other sentimental items to the piece. A little brown mouse in honor of my beloved pet mouse I had as a kid, some hydrangeas, one of the main flowers at my wedding reception, and daffodils as tribute to my grandmother. Those are just a few of the significant details that will be in the painting. Of course it’s still in the works now, but I’ve already begun to think about the other animals that should be in the series. Perhaps some Amazonian creatures in honor of the current atrocities happening down in South America?! Who knows. We’ll see what other friends begin to speak to my soul!..

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Shooting African Wildlife

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There's only one way to shoot African wildlife and that's with a camera! Every few months there seem to be photographs circulating the internet of American hunters proudly posing with their trophy kills. And every single time there is public backlash. The most recent being Texas huntress, Tess Talley, whose 2017 South Africa giraffe hunt photo went viral, creating a storm of attention. Many of these hunters, when interviewed, claim to be “surprised” by the negative response, including Tess, but why? I’d say it’s clear that the majority of Americans do not condone this type of murder. Not only because we’ve been raised to love and respect these animals, but because we know their populations are dwindling. There are as little as 80,000 giraffes left in the wild! Some sub species are even more threatened. The Kordofan and Nubian giraffes have less than 4,650 animals left. Overall the number has plummeted by 40% in just the last 15 years. The reasons for these staggering stats include habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, climate change, and of course, overhunting and poaching. Elephant populations are also on the decline, with an estimated 350,000 left in the wild, a number that’s decreasing around 8% every year. Their main threats include habitat destruction, climate change,  and ivory poaching. For many hunters, their defensive responses seem to always be the same, “we are conservationists.” So why do all hunters seem to use the same “conservation” rhetoric? Shooting a trophy animal in Africa costs tens of thousands of dollars, anywhere from $10,000-$70,000, depending on the animal. Hunters argue that the money goes to the conserving of the species, yet many studies have shown little to no evidence of this. It appears the money often lines the pockets of the politicians, trickling down slowly, having little to no effect on the actual animals themselves. The word conservation is defined as “a careful preservation and protection of something”. So how can one truly conserve and protect something by destroying it? If one truly cares about the conserving and preserving of wildlife one can simply donate that money to the region or better yet, a specific animal conservation organization. I'd suggest if these hunters want to continue to kill these beautiful animals, they better keep their photos to themselves. Don’t post them on the internet. Otherwise, they can bet their bottom dollar (thousands of dollars) that most of America will be ready to condemn them once again. ..

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Springtime Yoga in Charleston

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Ok, I know that slogan usually goes for the Christmas season, but in my opinion there are two reigning champions for that title, Christmas and Spring! Both ever so magical in their own right and way. Spring time is all about new beginnings and growth. It's difficult to not feel optimistic when the world around you is bustling with new life! Marion Square, situated between two of the main vein streets in Charleston, Calhoun and King, is right in the middle of town. It's a spring time haven for those wanting to play fisbee, soccer, layout, picnic, or just watch the clouds. Naturally, it's also a great place to practice some yoga. This particular yoga girl is my wannabe spirit yogi. Of course she's fashioned in the most fun yoga attire one can find, gold leafed and all! Her hair is meticulously braided, while still giving a sense of carefree whimsy. Her wrists are adorned with bracelets and beads she picked up through her travels here and there. And I'd bet she has some cool name like Meadow or Willow. She's confident and free! She's also in one of my favorite yoga poses, tree pose. This pose is all about focus, balance, and growth. While trying to achieve a state of balance is great, I've realized it's better to focus on the act of balancing. I'll never be completely still and steady, I make countless tiny adjustments to maintain the pose. Some so small that someone watching could barely even notice. Is this a metaphor for life? Absolutely. We're always making adjustments, changing and shifting with each season, the rain, and with each situation that comes our way. All we can hope for is that we are growing in a positive and productive direction. Exploring new artistic endeavors is the current direction I'm moving towards and I've taken off time from accepting commissions to focus on just that. Right now I'm playing with new mediums, techniques, subject matters and colors to further nuture my creative mind. Stay tuned to see what develops from my creative exploration! xox, bex..

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Wedding Commission with Precious Pup

in New Artwork .

You might have noticed by now that I absolutely love animals! I’ve probably said it a time or two. They're also a common theme seen throughout much of my work, from illustrations to oils. That’s why I just love it when clients incorporate their furry ones in their illustration commissions. The most recent being sweet little guy, Jackson, who was honored with the role of ring bearer in this super sweet Hamptons wedding.  What's another reason why I adore this piece? That outfit! I just love illustrating the nontraditional wedding attire. Seriously, how gorgeous is that baby blue skirt and lace blouse?! Want to learn more about the wedding commission process? Contact me now with your questions!..

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