August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

After returning from Copenhagen, I jumped from one adventure to the next.

My next adventure awaited me in the mountains, 6,000ft above sea level in the small mountain town Truckee, California.  This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work for MWA Architects and Engineers, a firm specializing in mountain-inspired design.  I never thought I would find myself in a small town, but after living the city for the last year, the peaceful Sierra mountains were quite a treat.

And as summer begins to fade (why is it getting dark so early!?!)…so does my internship.  To thank MWA, I painted them our office (which was actually designed my boss) clad in rustic wood, recycled corrugated metal and rusted corten steel (mmm…my favorites! Can you see why I loved working with them?).

Its been an educational and relaxing summer, yet I am excited to head back to SLO for my final year!

Thank Truckee for a beautiful summer.

So yet again I find myself saying goodbye to another home…

Vi ses Truckee! Hej San Luis Obispo!



August 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

Oh hey!  Its Wednesday now isn’t it?

Its that time of year…

No, not Christmas.  Wedding Season!

This weekend I had the joy of attending not one but TWO wonderful weddings.  My cousin tied the knot Thursday followed by two of my dear friends, Alexander and Jessica joining in marriage Sunday.  Whew! I am tired!

Jessica and I lived two doors down from one another in the dorms freshman year of college and quickly became great friends.  We were part of the same bible study and later discipled together.  She is truly a sister! It was such an honor to witness such a beautiful wedding and be part of this pretty girl’s bridal party!

And continuing with my proposal- themed wedding gifts.  I painted these two fabulous friends a memory from their epic engagement.

The engagement- Over Valentine’s Day weekend the couple took a photo- adventure through the snow dusted woods of Upstate New York.  Alexander planned to pop the question sometime during their adventure and was waiting for the opportune moment.  While exploring the two stumbled upon a lone bench in the woods with the following quote from Les Miserable

“Take my hand and lead me to salvation,
Take my love for love is everlasting.
And remember the truth that was once spoken:
To love another person is to see the face of God.”

— Les Miserable

What more romantic of a moment can a guy get?!?  Just then Alexander bent to one knee and popped the question.

The rest was history.

I got a bit creative with their story and decided to turn the quote INTO the bench.

The wedding was absolutely breath-taking (but not as breath-taking as the stunning bride!) Enjoy the photos!

The Grace Maralyn in Atascadero.

Us bridesmaids all got to pick our own dresses- it turned out great!

As someone told her “girl, you are doing that dress a favor you wear it so well!” She was stunning!

Much love to all the newlyweds!


August 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Greetings from Dollar Point, Lake Tahoe!

Sorry for the lack of postings…the Olympics have been a bit of distraction to my painting hobby.  After having the opportunity to travel so much of the world, the Olympics are so fun to cheer for all those countries I visited in the last year.  Ahh I can’t wait another 4 years for the next Summer Games!

So back to Dollar Point.  My sisters and I took a break from the TV and took a sunset walk down to the Lake.  The closer we got the beach, the brighter and more intense the sunset got.  The water looked on fire!

Dollar Point is a large residential area outside Tahoe City along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Many mansions sprinkle the Lake’s coast all with majestic views of the 22 mile long Lake.  The Point was originally part of the Washoe Native American’s territory.  Similar to much of the Golden State, settlers took over and the land was sold many times throughout the 19th century.  In 1927 Mrs. Laura Moore Knight of St. Louis sold the land to San Franciscan Stanley Dollar Sr (hence the name Dollar Point) in order purchase a portion of land and the island at the southwest end of Emerald Bay where she built the famous Scandinavian-inspired mansion, “Vikingsholm.”


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