Reflecting on 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Blog | 5 Comments

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At the end of every year, I tally up my accomplishments as an artist. I look at the work I’ve created as a whole and the goals that I’ve either reached or missed, and I think about what I can do better the next year.

  • Pieces created: 32
  • Gallery exhibitions: 9
  • Commissions: 11
  • Awards/Accolades: 1
  • Facebook fans: 18,480 (~8,200 added in 2014)
  • Instagram followers: 17,200 (~10,000 added in 2014)
  • Life changes: Baby; Moved into first purchased home
  • Major achievements: Indiegogo Campaign success
  • Largest piece painted: “Vestige” (14″ x 20″)
  • Average painting size: roughly 9″ x 12″

Here are some of my favorite moments from 2014, via Instagram:


Casey Weldon referenced my cat, Toulouse, in one of his spectacular paintings:


Lauren Panepinto made a post on Muddy Colors about artists referencing themselves in their own work and included this example of mine below.



I painted “Vestige,” my favorite piece from 2014:





We put Penny’s nursery together (and then back together in July when we moved):


I created pieces for Spoke Art and Gallery1988:

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I created my Princess Mononoke-inspired piece for Gallery 1988’s 10 year Anniversary show:


I was by Grumbacher to become one of their featured sponsored artists:


I lauched the Indiegogo studio project campaign and reached our goal in days:


And, of course, we welcomed Penny:





I spent the entire month getting to know my little lady:





I got back into painting by starting small:

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And then planning and working on a large piece:

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I shared 100 artists I enjoy following on Instagram with the tag #kmrecommends:

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We moved into our new home:





Grumbacher sent me a buttload of supplies:


I painted on a coaster for La Luz de Jesus gallery:

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Two commissions completed:

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I painted this piece inspired by Serenity for Gallery 1988:

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I completed another small commission:


And shared a speed-paint from the above piece:




Joss Whedon was caught viewing my work (!!!).



I completed another small commission:


I began teaching my online watercolor class:

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I began recording the speed-paint for my DVD (coming out in the spring):





I did some plein-air gouache painting on three different occasions at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee:

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And I made a full speed-paint of the above gouache painting:


I completed one more commission:



And then the USPS punched a hole through the painting:






I received the piece back from its original owner to repair, and so I did my best:

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I created this Beetlejuice-inspired piece for a Gallery 1988 show:

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I also created this Rapunzel inspired piece for a show at Arch Enemy Arts:

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I tried mounting watercolor paper to wood panel for the first time with this piece:

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I also created two little pieces:

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I completed another commission:



And another commission:

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And another commission:


I finally put the rest of my studio together and documented it:




So, looking back, I think it’s been a pretty packed and productive 365 days!

Here are my 2015 Resolutions:

  • Blog more
  • Find time for more personal pieces
  • Create more illustration work
  • When the weather’s nice, do more gouache plein-air painting
  • Drink more water!
  • Spend more time on planning my pieces
  • Sketch more

Thank you to everyone that’s stuck around and cheered me on! I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings! <3


  1. Becky
    January 21, 2015

    Great read! Thank you for sharing, you’ve inspired me to keep track of my progress and reflect on my work at the end of the year also. I ‘sort of’ tried it last year and was surprised to discover that I’d only completed 3 paintings.. but I’d created lots of 3D art (which has been selling! Woo!) so in a way, 2014 was the year I had become a sculptor. Awesome! 😀

    • admin
      January 22, 2015

      I’m glad I could help!

  2. Sarah
    January 27, 2015

    I loved following you through 2014 and look forward to 2015. Thank you for sharing and I really like the blog posts! Your commissions are so different in theme but reflect your style well. Do you have any stipulations when it comes to your commissions or is it pretty free in terms subject matter, etc? As an artist, I’m still learning the ins and outs of the trade, I’d be interested in your process.

    • admin
      January 27, 2015

      When it comes to commissions, most people have a vague idea of theme in mind that they want me to tackle, but generally leave it up to me to interpret those ideas through my own style. Occasionally, I’ll get a commission where I’m welcome to do whatever I want! It’s pretty rare that I get a personal commission with a very specific idea or goal in mind. In that case, it’s usually for an illustration, which I treat very differently.

      • Sarah
        January 27, 2015

        Thanks for responding!


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