The Studio


From 1989 until 2009,  I worked as a floorcloth designer and artist, owned an art gallery and taught art to school children. During my 20 year career as an artist, my hand painted canvas rugs were sold to clients all over the US, were exhibited in many juried art shows and were featured in two books and in multiple local and national magazines.

Before my life as an artist, I worked for several years in my field of study, as an interior designer, doing both residential and commercial design in High Point, NC.

After raising two children and a long career in art and design my husband and I decided to spend the next decade or three flying by the seat of our pants. We were ready for a change of pace with more freedom to travel and I was ready to create with fewer specifications and deadlines.

We made the transition in a little over a year, while documenting the process in my blog, ranch dressing: interior design cowgirl style. Our life continues to evolve and grow in exciting new directions everyday.

I keep my studio well stocked with materials to choose from for up-cycling, re-purposing or assemblage projects. My favorite "cup of tea" is a retreat style home...a lake house, a mountain cabin or that sweet little cottage at the beach. I  love weathered finishes of old furniture and rusty, crusty metal pieces used in combination with crazed ironstone, fine linens and crystal. The juxtaposition of rustic and sophisticated has become my trademark style in both decorating and art.

My newest muse and addictive hobby is all natural hand poured soy candles and I use containers from my ongoing collection of vintage vessels. They are completely hand crafted of 100% soy wax, pure fragrances and cotton wicks. The aromatherapy, while pouring them is reason enough to make them several times a week!

This year, 2014, I've been forced to slow my roll, as we as a family, have made the conscious choice to change our lifestyle and become much more sustainable in order to live out the rest of our lives as healthy as possible. This takes up a big part of my day and I'm learning to be much more organized.  The renovation of our daughter's house, too takes up many hours of my week. I'm very blessed to be able to do this and enjoy it daily. I do schedule time in the studio each week to make soy candles, or create something from all the great junk I keep in my there. One day, I hope to have the time to paint again. I need a new floorcloth!

Thank you for your interest in my little corner of the world.


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Contact:  angie (at) thejunkranch (dot) com

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