Kirkland’s has been buzzing lately with the new arrivals to our American Artists Collection! We’re happy to introduce our three newest featured artists: Katie Toombs, Lisa McReynolds, and Kelsey Andrews. Each artist is selected because of their attention to detail and ability to capture Southern Charm
The American Artist collection is a curated using the work of local, regional artists to create a one-of-a-kind look normally found at an upscale gallery or art fair. Each piece is created on canvas and features hand texturing to enhance its details. These images are inspiring and perfect for small spaces, or they could easily work as part of a larger, eclectic gallery wall. Adding a light bailing twine wrapping adds a homey touch and makes it easy to give this art as a gift!
Katie Toombs – Rustic Cabin
“Do what you are created to do. Don’t run from it.”
Everyone wants to have a friend like Katie Toombs. She’s kind, a mom to four kids, and a featured painter from the Memphis, TN area.
Katie’s piece for Kirkland’s, Rustic Cabin, features the historic Robert Raiford home and farm in Victoria, Mississippi. Most of her inspiration comes from her day-to-day activities and from her support system. Her family and friends provide her with tons of photos and moments she captures in time.
“I was created to make art,” said Katie. Her passion for her craft is infectious and can’t be denied.
Katie paints on wood and canvas with a palette knife, acrylic, and latex-based house paint and occasionally gesso.
On Wednesday, September 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM, Katie will be painting in store while she meets and greets fans at her local Kirkland’s, located 2289 N. Germantown Parkway, Suite 104, Cordova, TN. The event is free and open to the public.
Lisa McReynolds – Cotton Blossoms
“If what you want to do makes sense, believe in yourself and trust your instincts.”
Lisa McReynolds has taken the long way to reach her dream of becoming an artist but just a few years after creating art full-time, she’s been selected as a Kirkland’s American Artist.
McReynolds started her professional career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), in part to her father’s encouragement. When she told him that her goal to was to do art full-time because it “fed her soul,” he said he’d prefer her goals to feed her stomach first.
After 15 years as a CPA, she turned the corner to become an artist – full-time. She converted her children’s playroom into a home studio. (Don’t worry, they’d already outgrown it.)
McReynolds takes her creative process through traditional means of finding inspiration in daily life, a dash of technology, and genuine gumption.
“As a ‘new’ artist, I found myself looking for resources on how to solve my work problems,” said McReynolds. “Taking classes over the weekend with seven or eight artists got me thinking through my new day job a little differently.”
McReynolds was selected to be a Kirkland’s American Artist this year after submitting her Cotton Blossoms, due in part, to her aesthetic. She uses a multimedia approach to achieve the final touches on her canvases.
On Wednesday, September 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM, Lisa will be painting in store while she meets and greets fans at her local Kirkland’s, located 2615 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 2500, Murfreesboro, TN. The event is free and open to the public.
Kelsey Andrews – White Blooms
“Be a go-getter and take any new opportunities that come your way.”
Kelsey Andrews has been on a lucky streak with life over the last year.
Andrews is an interior designer, an expecting mother, and just bought a new house to accommodate her growing family. During all this, Andrews has been selected as a member of Kirkland’s American Artist Collection. Her featured painting, White Blooms, was inspired by a hydrangea bush at her new residence.
“I’ve always been drawn to white flowers,” said Andrews. “I use them in my home for centerpieces and on other home decor projects.”
Andrews paints in her home studio, which doubles as an office for her business ventures and keeps craft supplies at the ready for when her creative mind wanders into inspiration.
“I set up the room, light a cinnamon candle, and get to work,” said Andrews. Having a routine and the warm scent of cinnamon makes the room cozy. Andrews likes to bring childhood memories of her home town of Muscle Shoals, AL to her work.
On Wednesday, September 27 from 5 PM to 8 PM, Kelsey will be painting in store while she meets and greets fans at her Kirkland’s, located at 366b Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL 35630. The event is free and open to the public.
Kirkland’s has the American Artist Collection available online and in stores for purchase. For more information about Kirkland’s, the American Artists collection or to follow Kirkland’s on social media, visit www.kirklands.com.