Over the past few months, I’ve started sharing the work of some of my favorite artists that I’ve been introduced to thanks to Liza Pruitt’s brilliant artist collective. It’s been delightful to hear so many of you adore her collective as much as I do and that you’ve starting investing in original pieces for yourselves and your clients from her as a result! Since then I’ve gotten numerous requests for more artist recommendations, so in addition to my Designer, Small Business and Architecture Spotlights, I’m going to to start adding Artist Spotlights to the blog! To kick it off, I’m beyond excited to do so with a small three (maybe four) part mini series featuring “Chinoiserie Chic Artists.”
When I mentioned to my friend that I was on the hunt for artists for the series, she immediately sent me Susan Woodard’s profile on Instagram. I began perusing her portfolio and couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen her work before now- she is so talented! Based out of Raleigh, Susan Woodard specializes in watercolor portraits and after looking at her gallery I also discovered she also has a gorgeous collections of chinoiserie watercolor prints! Needless to say, I immediately reached out to her asking if she’d be comfortable with me featuring her on the blog and also ordered one of her nine piece sets of large chinoiserie prints.
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Susan’s chinoiserie print collections are comprised of enchanting birds, pagodas and florals that come in multiple sizes and groupings. Soft brushstrokes and delicate details make her figures look as if they are floating and the prints are such high quality reproductions, I honestly would never have known they weren’t original watercolors. In full disclosure, I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to hang them when I ordered them but I knew I had to have them, especially when I saw the price. At a retailer like a Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, the collection would have been well over $2300 framed! We have a massive empty space above our sofa as well a giant wall in our foyer that I want to turn into gallery wall, so I got the largest set since it will fit into either space. Either way, these beauties are off to the framer and I’ll be sure to share “after” pictures once they’re framed and hung in our house.
The reason I decided to kick off the “Chinoiserie Chic Artists” mini series with Susan Woodard is because she also makes stunning original watercolor portraits of children, pet portraits and houses as well as facial portraits. The best part? She’s waved the rush fee for custom paintings for Mother’s Day but only has a few slots left, so sign up soon! Amidst all of this social distancing, I honestly can’t think of a better Mother’s Day Gift. If you have a picture of a beloved moment, memory or place, just send her the picture and she will paint it and can have it framed and shipped in time for Mother’s Day!
Susan’s mission with her art is to “help you cherish your loved ones” and due to recent events, the importance of cherishing our loved ones is something we have become more brutally aware of now more than ever. To me, that’s what is so special about her portraits. They are a beautiful and sentimental way to say I love you this Mother’s Day while also serving as a quiet and heartfelt reminder that happier days will return and we’ll all be able to be together again (hopefully) soon.