I’ve built a successful career as a TV producer and executive. It started in New York working for “Good Morning America,” MTV, VH-1 and Lifetime. After what I like to refer to as an early mid-life crisis, I moved to Asheville and worked at Biltmore for nine years producing radio & TV ads, on-site videos, audio tours, and branded video content in partnership with Lowe’s airing on HGTV. I crossed over the mountains to work at HGTV’s headquarters in Knoxville, TN. I helped found and develop the Branded Entertainment team for Scripps Networks (the parent company for HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel, and Great American Country) creating video content for each network in partnership with advertisers. After Scripps was purchased by Discovery, I opted for a radical change. My family and I, moved to the Raleigh/Durham area (Wake Forest) where I continue my work as a Content Creator and Strategist working with a variety of clients and partnerships. During Covid, however, I returned to my first love: art. While my husband and I are avid collectors of art, I am now enjoying creating my own art. Currently, I specialize in acrylic paints preferring the impressionist style. Nature inspires me, so landscapes are a favorite subject, but I find myself also interested in still life subjects as well. I recently started my website: www.creativeunltd.com as a means to showcase my artwork, but also for my blog which focuses on creativity: who has it, how do they get it, how do they keep it, and how can we share it? I profile a wide variety of creative professionals to understand their process and provide tips and techniques for cultivating creativity.
When I left my job in Knoxville, we moved to Wake Forest. Both of my teenage kids had some adjustment issues so it was about a year before I could seriously start looking for a job—and then Covid hit! That slowed down everything, but maybe more importantly, it made it super hard to find and make connections in the community. During Covid I was struggling without a creative outlet, so I stumbled upon a Zoom art class given by one of my favorite artists (who lives in Beaufort) and it truly changed me in so many ways! I’ve loved getting back into my art, but also finding a community of like-minded people. Having just jumped back into art, I’m still figuring out who I am as an artist. I’m embracing that this might take some time and I’m thoroughly enjoying the process—and trying to let things evolve in their own way and timeframe. Realistically, I think it will be 3-5 years until I can really start selling my art, but I am pushing myself to dip my toes into the process. To be honest, just sharing my artwork is a big step for me! I’m excited to meet some local artists and be a part of this group!