The East Coast and the Mountains | Charleston + Asheville

Hi, there!

It's been a while since I've updated my blog, but I promise that's a good thing. I've been covered in layers of paint for the past few months as I've been working on a new collection of paintings and prints. I can't wait to share everything with you in the next month or so.

I just returned from a trip to South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia with Tyler and our friend Clay. Tyler and Clay were traveling for their leather goods business, Clayton & Crume, and I was more than happy to accompany them!

Charleston, SC is an absolute dream and it felt wonderful to be back. The city streets are seeped in such a rich cultural history and the landscape surrounding Charleston is beyond beautiful. The deterioration and decay of facades, the traditional architecture, the potted plants and the vibrant palettes... So much beauty in one place.

After walking the streets of Charleston, we made our way to Sullivan's Island, the most charming East Coast beach I have ever seen! Along with its beauty, Sullivan's Island is known for its amazing restaurants... Most notably, Poe's Tavern, a pub/restaurant named in honor of the famous author (who lived for a time on Sullivan's Island). 

While in Charleston, I met Teil Duncan and toured her beautiful studio at Reddux. It was wonderful getting to hear more about her artwork, her career path and what she finds inspiring. Special thanks to Teil for taking the time to share her pretty space with me! 

After spending several days in Charleston, we made stops in several cities in North Carolina including Raleigh, Charlotte and Durham. It was wonderful catching up with friends in Durhman and attending the Hozier and George Ezra concert in Charlotte. After saying goodbye to the Carolina's, we trekked to Virginia and were able to stay with good friends from college. 

Last but not least, we visited Asheville on our way home. Asheville is such a quaint, fun, vibrant town and is surrounded by the most incredible mountains. We loved our time in the city (especially at The Battery Park Book Exchange and all the antique tobacco barns and shops), but the highlight of Asheville was most certainly the hiking we completed on parts of the Appalachian trail. 

And that's a wrap! Missing this fun trip, but more than glad to be back in my studio! 

***Have you been to Charleston or Asheville? What are you favorite spots and memories from your travels?  I'd love to know!***