Artists Studio Series: Mariel

Mariel Garcia’s Studio

Mariel is a professional in North Little Rock who works mainly with fabric and sewing creations. She is an avid animal lover and volunteers with Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas. Some of her work is currently for purchase at Gallery 26 in Kavanaugh.

Mariel talks about her studio below.

“I live in a small efficiency and work all around that space but felt like I wanted to have a dedicated area where I could call it my ‘craft home’.  My loft area was becoming just an area for storage since I have to make the best use of my space.  Instead of buying a table, I decided to use my creativity and see how I could keep both the storage and create that desired crafting space.  I stacked up the storage containers and added a nice lace blanket to make a table.”

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“I hung my threads on this cute pear shelf above my sewing machine for easy access.”
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“I love how the natural light seeps through how I don’t have to worry about cleaning up if I’m in the middle of a big project.  The good thing about my sewing machine is that I can take it downstairs if I wish.  Everything is versatile.”


“Since this used to be my sleeping area before I bought my big mattress, I also feel a calm connection.  It’s amazing how a little reorganizing can bring life to new ideas and create such a wonderful nook.”

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Creativity Inspirations:
“Music and nature are big inspirations when beginning any project. Listening to music helps calm the mind so that I can easily tap into creative ideas and embark on new journeys.”

Other inspirations:
“Seeing other artists at work through craft meet-ups, blogs, Pinterest, and ideas from local hobby stores.  I always think ‘If I can do it, I should try it.'”

“Creativity and imagination go hand in hand.  It means innovating when there is a lack of materials thus making use of resources by being cost effective and helping our environment.”


Art Studio Series: Emily

Emily Wood is an artist in Arkansas. I know her from the Master of Arts painting program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She teaches at the Arkansas Arts Center, and is highly involved in the Arkansas artist community.

Her website is

Emily Wood’s Art Studio – Emily talks about her studio below.

“My studio is in the sun room at my house– it has tile floors and windows on 3 sides.”

“Besides being a little small and a mess, I love it! The lighting is great and I can open the windows when the weather is nice. This is also my dog, Turk’s ‘room’, so I am always picking dog hair out of my paintings!”

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Art Studio Series: Kelsey

Kelsey McCall is a student in the painting progam at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She works in her studio, which is a room in her home.

Kelsey McCall’s Art Studio – Kelsey talks about her studio below.

“I primarily do realistic figurative painting in oil. I’m working on a series of Rockwellesque paintings right now (one of which is on my easel).”
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“My studio is a mess. Every once in a while I get overwhelmed with it and I try to clean and organize it all to perfection. But when I’m working I tend to create clutter and chaos around me so the cleanliness doesn’t last long.”

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“I recently got a giant black-framed mirror, so now I don’t have to go to the bathroom to paint self-portraits.”

“So my studio is a nice place to work but also a work in progress.”

Artist Studio Series: L.K.

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When people ask me what I do, I tell them that I work during the day as a professional and then I go home and work in my studio. Some people respond “you work and then you work!” and others say “cool.” As of yet, no one has asked me about my studio.

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My studio is the place where I feel at home, and incidentally is inside my house. Originally in the living room, I ruined countless pieces of furniture with paint and ink. So our bedroom was moved to the second small room, and my studio moved in the “master bedroom.” This is the short history of my studio.

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M and I made special shutters to let the light in. Ein can open the shutters using her nose and she often likes to look out the window

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Things in my studio:
It has a large drafting table (from missionaries downsizing $300), an easel (a birthday gift from my parents $200 from Art Outfitters in Little Rock), a large paper file (Craigslist for $100), a shelf (found wood and put up by M), a kitchen cabinet drawer (found on the side of the road), a kitchen rolling tray (Pennsylvania Trading Company $15), studio light (found in my parents storage room), a large piece of Masonite to catch the paint that falls (found in another studio), a wall hook (found scrap wood and three hardware hooks from a failed kitchen project), painting apron (from Anthropologie on sale $10), and laptop with Adobe CS6 and Wacom tablet (Craigslist $900).

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Things to come:
On my wishlist: A canvas painting rack ($200 in wood, tools to borrow, and time to build), a printing press (please Lord, $2,000-$5,000), and a studio lamp ($100-$300).

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