Nashville artist Lizzy Ragsdale painted this new addition to our dining nook from a photo of one of our favorite places, Tuscany. I moved the painting from room to room for a few weeks when I realized the kitchen is where I love it most. The colors of Tuscany are warm and inviting–like a kitchen. The painting is the first thing you see when you walk into our home and it draws you into the kitchen. It’s my favorite room in the house. A happy space with timeless design, but warm and cozy at the same time.
Meet Lizzy Ragsdale – The artist of the painting “Tuscan Sunset”
Photo credit: John Love
After a few emails and deciding on a photo of Tuscany for Lizzy to create something for us, I felt like I wanted to “meet” her more than just through email. We arranged a time to talk. I completely forgot about the time difference between New York and Tennessee, so it was quite early one morning. But of course she was a gracious as could be! Here’s a bit of our discussion.
Q: When did you first become interested in art?
A: I always interested in art. Always wanting to make something. My teachers came to my mom and suggested art lessons. At about nine I took private art lessons after school learning to draw. I was introduced to water color, acrylic, charcoal, pastel. I loved making things, but drawing first.
Q: Did you study art in college?
A: Yes, I went to Ole Miss and majored in art.
Q: How long do you work on a painting?
A: The process is different every time. I have 10-15 paintings in progress in my studio at a time. I think it’s important to step away and not overwork it.
Q: How do you choose what to paint?
A: I’ll do sketches if I’m inspired. Sometimes a color scheme will inspire me. In college, I became more comfortable with the figure and with working more fluidly. I started experimenting with abstracts. Abstract Landscapes not a specific place.
You can see more of Lizzy’s work on her website where you can purchase an original piece from her online shop or commission a painting by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on instagram too!
Here’s a few more photos of how Lizzy’s painting transformed our black and white kitchen with her warm painting of Tuscany. We were so moved by the piece when we first unwrapped it, that we decided to spend two weeks in Tuscany this summer. This particular spot depicted in the painting is a short walk behind the ancient estate which is now the resort called Borgo Scopeto Relais.
Lizzy’s painting inspired me to bring a little color into our black and white kitchen and I love how it added so much warmth. Our first stop for a few things was Anthropologie in Greenwich, Connecticut. A beautiful store to shop and be inspired. We used their latte bowls in red and yellow and displayed a few of our favorite cookbooks including a recent purchase of the Tuscany cookbook and A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse. We could not be happier with having Lizzy’s art in our kitchen. What would you have Lizzy paint and how would it inspire you?