As a mother, I have done a lot of things I said I would not (i.e. light up toys, sing-songy TV shows & tutus) and it's all because over time I am slowly learning that some things take priority over my preferences -- like putting on a show in order to get dressed or giving her the toy that brings her joy, despite the obnoxious sound effects. However, one thing I dreamed of long before having a child of my own and plan to stick with was collecting art that told the story of her littlest years, whether it's professional photographs or one-of-a-kind pieces from artists I admire. So, when artist Traci Martin reached out a few months ago about a portrait, I was beyond thrilled to collaborate!
Traci is an award-winning contemporary portrait and figurative artist known for combining charcoal realism with mixed media. Using colorful pastels, patterned papers, and paint techniques she creates works of art that stand out amongst traditional portraits. Each detail Traci puts into her pieces is chosen to represent a theme or in the case of her portraits, the uniqueness of the individual! You can read more about Traci here
When it came time for Traci to begin work on Lula's portrait, she put an incredible amount of thought and time into getting the right photograph to work off of and I was able to collaborate to select patterns and colors that I thought matched Lu's personality while still speaking to the aesthetic of my home. I could not be more in love with the way the portrait turned out and I have no doubt it will be something we treasure forever!
In an effort to spread my enthusiasm about Traci's work, we have teamed up to give one of you the opportunity to have your very own custom portrait. The winner will receive a $300 gift certificate toward a commission and all you have to do is head over to our Instagram to follow, tag, & enter for a chance to win!
The giveaway will end on Mother's Day at midnight and the winner will be announced Monday, May 10th!
Best of luck & a very happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas and mother figures!