Some things run in the family. Some, not so much.

If someone asked me if I am creative, I would say yes. I enjoy making things, putting things together, working with my hands. The other half of me is very happy making lists, solving problems, systematically organizing or planning. I’m probably right in the middle as far as right-brain vs. left-brain.

My brother Mike, on the other hand, is a phenomonally gifted and talented artist, in many areas. Ink, pen, watercolor, oils, acrylics – doesn’t matter what medium it is, he creates some of the most interesting work I’ve seen in real life. Instead of feeling sad about my lack of ability to compete, I get to benefit from his talents by decorating our house with his artwork. I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces with you.

The fabulous Debbie Harry:

Personalized pet portraits of our rescued farm. Look at the personalization:

A 30-second painting from a life-drawing class. I don’t think I would have even figured out how to load my brush in 30 seconds:

Here’s a beautiful drawing he did our sweet dog, Gwen. She passed away a few months before this:

I had to save my favorite for last. I knew we needed something of substantial size to hang over our bed. The colors in our bedroom are a warm blue-green, wood, grey and gold. Mike painted this and I am still amazed by it! Something about it is so magical and personal. It’s perfect over our bed, and I just know that it means so much more to us than something we could have purchased:

Art can be pretty costly, and even more than that, is the fact that a lot of it isn’t personal. Sure, you can go and pick out a piece at the store and love it (I’ve done that too!) but to know that you have a one-of-a-kind piece by someone you love is pretty incredible.

Mike has a website and does custom artwork for really affordable prices. Check out his website and contact him if you’d like to discuss a piece for your home!

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