This is my studio: An enclosed balcony over looking the Gateway Arch. It’s size? A mere 6’ x 12’. Below is what you will find in it’s hyper-organized landscape. It’s complete with tools for someone who does what I do. Because of it’s small size and very high ceiling (12’ at highest point) it is at once cocoon-like and cavernous.
This is a picture of my embroidery table and scissor trees. The framed picture is of French Poet and Writer, George Sand. Her writings have always been an inspiration to me. The scissor trees were custom made to hold my pairs of embroidery scissors. You can never have too many pairs.
This is a picture of the embroidery floss racks along with a close up. Every color DMC Embroidery Floss has to offer is housed here. Over 300 to choose from. It’s always a joy to work with no limitations when choosing color.

 

This is my favorite part of the studio. The Fabric Wall. Any quilter or fabric artist has one. It’s our guilty pleasure. Why so many different pieces? The more fabric choices I have allow me to make my portraits without feeling limitations of any kind. My curtains are always drawn to keep out the sun. Sunlight is a killer of fabric. The fabrics range from old fabrics from the 1920’s to today’s commercial cottons, damasks and chintzes typically used for curtains to upholstery fabrics.
 


This is Sylvia, the pug. She was rescued from a puppy mill in 2009. Sylvia loves to lay all over Ethel and nap with her. She has one of the most beautiful pug faces in the history of the breed. It's true. Just look at her.

 


This is Ethel, the pug. She is a constant companion and purveyor of the artwork. When not sleeping in my chair she is wrapped around my neck or on my lap when I work on my portraits.

 


This is Millie, the black lab. She is watchdog and constant companion and purveyor for Ethel. They both rough-house until Ethel is worn out and asthmatic. Millie then falls asleep stretched out next to my chair with her head resting on the kick plate of the studio door.

-Aaron.

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