I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my collaboration with the House of Morrison in Newport Beach, California. That was such an amazing experience in terms of how wonderful they were to work with, how excited I am about the pieces I created, and the crazy small-world way it all came together...
Last January, I received an email from Denise Morrison’s son, who happened to live on my hall freshman year of college. He was writing on behalf of Denise. She had found my work through a mutual connection of ours but didn’t know how to get in touch. Once connected, the stars aligned. I began work on a custom group of 18 paintings that her team placed throughout projects and within their beautiful showroom.
House of Morrison really set the bar for the kind of partnerships I want to have. When they asked me to create more pieces inspired by Southern California, I was able to take the time to explore San Diego and the surrounding areas for inspiration. It makes a world of difference to be in a place and walk around, to see the oranges growing in someone’s yard and get to watch how the light changes at sunset.
One of my favorite pieces of the collection, “Sunset in Encinitas,” came out of a night when I was exploring on my own, waiting to meet up with a friend. I’d never been to Encinitas before, and my friend suggested I go to a place called Moonlight Beach. Little did I know that the moment I arrived, the sun would be setting and my lil’ soul would sing. That particular moment spoke to me creatively.
I just love the California coast. I love the views, the salt air, the coastlines, the free-spirited energy of surfers diving in at all hours of the day. Something about it just calls to me.
All in all, House of Morrison has been one of my very favorite partnerships to date. Not only do they have an incredibly kind team, but they have a killer sense of design with a Southern California flare. It has been such an honor to have my work placed among their projects. I am beyond grateful for their support of artists and artisans.
Good news!! We will continue to work together this year! We’ll be doing an online pop-up in the coming months, so stay tuned!