Welcome to Embrace Creatives
Matching you with quality, original art to love for your spaces and places.
Most people either don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, or how to go about pinpointing a perfect art match.
- Where are all of the local artists?
- What artwork fits best with my style, space restrictions and budget?
- How do I mix different pieces together in one space?
- Is the artist reliable and experienced?
- Who can help me find the best artwork?
Welcome to this special place, built around a personal passion: matching people who are searching for fabulous artwork for their spaces and places with quality, imaginative products crafted by passionate and reliable artists.
The diverse art and design products on Embrace Creatives are expertly built by some of the top artists across the country – people who infuse their soul into their work. Just as you’re looking to connect with the best artwork, our artists want the pieces they bring to life to be appreciated and well cared for.
I developed Embrace Creatives to match you with the right artwork and bring artists’ creations to those who love them. EC artists want their artwork to find you, and you want to find their art, so let EC save you time, uplift your life, and OM… ease your mind.
What Embrace Creatives Stands For
Embrace Creatives goals to become the FIRST place art lovers and professionals go to find quality, original art and design products for their residential and commercial interior design projects.
We commit to mindful matchmaking. Everything I and my art advisors do is meant to carefully match collectors and interior professionals with the right art to love and sell our artists’ creations to buyers who will appreciate and care for their purchase.
We are reliable. Trust is everything and trust stems from being reliable. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts, right? I and my team will respond to you in a timely manner and do our damndest to meet your goals. In fact, reliability means SO much to me that I have, and only WILL accept business-minded artists into my showroom so, together we can exceed your expectations. Sure, we want the art you purchase to increase in value but firstly, we want you to fall in love the the artwork and enjoy working with us so much that you refer us to your friends and we become your trusted, art advisors for life.
We have high integrity. You can trust me and my art advisors to do the right thing by you and not put a sale first. Case in point; A collector shared an old but beloved painting and sheepishly asked if she should replace it. I could tell that she would feel guilty taking it down but wasn’t sure it still fit with her decor. Instead of selling this client a new piece, I respected this memorable work of art whose story meant so much and instead, suggested she replace the dark wood frame with something lighter and more modern.
We are passionate about art. Nope, we’re not haughty art advisors, selling only one percenter art that exhibits in chichi, highfalutin galleries. We are champions of artists you may never have heard of but who are 100% worthy of your time and interiors. We love the art, and stories behind the art, and we advocate for the artists who make the art.
We are creative and adaptable. I and my art advisors see your art challenges and envision creative solutions. We go being the status quo and offer new, matchmaking ideas. How? Okay, here’s an example; My Med Spa client LOVES showcasing art. During our walk through I noticed that her patients faced upwards when being treated yet her office sported horribly ugly, drop ceilings. Adapting to the space constraints and her style, I suggested imaginative ceiling artwork to keep her clients’ minds entertained while adding a POP of uniqueness to her company.
We are educators. Not only will you match you with gorgeous, innovative and high quality art and design products, the artwork has a story and each artist’s EC Storefront shares their art statement, bio, professional background, exhibit history, education, and career background in order for you to be more strongly connected to the artist and your purchase.
We are fun! Who the hell wants a boring, beige, and corporate-feeling art & design showroom? Not us! Yes, we’re highly reliable and organized but we also fuse playfulness and joy with our professionalism as often as possible.
Curious about me?
The first thing people tell me after we speak for the first time is that they can “see” my passion for what I do. That warms my heart because as an introvert I’m uncomfortable talking. I guess, though that when I shift the focus to what I enjoy, matching art lovers with art through Embrace Creatives, I shine.
I grew up in a fun and creative family with two younger siblings, a fashion model Mom and dentist Dad. My youth was spent outside as a tomboy, playing sports, riding bikes, climbing trees, etc…, but more often, alone in my room I’d leave reality to enter my creative world using whatever materials I had available; Leggo homes filled with paper furniture; knitted fashion designs for my Barbies; and tiny square, loom weavings.
Mid-U of M Art School, I packed up and moved to New York to study fashion design at FIT. Graduated then jumped in the fashion industry, first in design then in merchandising when I realized I needed to know how business actually works to succeed.
My time with Perry Ellis Portfolio Menswear and as the Director of Merchandising and Operations for Isaac Mizrahi was truly amazing. Supporting their operations and working the fashion shows was stellar but then raising my children became my life’s focus so I left the industry. When my children entered their teenage years, I headed back into design as a jeweler selling my artisan work through Bloomingdales, East Coast galleries, and Henri Bendels. While hanging out with my peers, I found that many didn’t have a strong sense of business and were struggling to make money from their own creations. At that time, I decided to empower others through art business consulting.
Since 2007, I’ve been guiding, speaking, and educating artists throughout the country and enjoying their own successes! Moving back to metro Detroit from New York/New Jersey in 2014, I jumped into the creative economic development space doing my part to help propel the redevelopment of metro Detroit. Hundreds of creative entrepreneurs have been educated via my programs and I’ve grown a national following of 2,800 artists and industry professionals.
In 2017 I launched Embrace Creatives as a creative networking site, like a LinkedIn for creatives. We gained members, over 700 and it was going well but something was missing. I was trying to help everyone (2D, 3D, fashion, and jewelry artists – artists with minimal sales) and that was taking its toll on my psyche.
When COVID 19 hit, felling galleries and retail, a took a long hard look at EC – it’s successes and failures. After much contemplation and research I decided to concentrate on the interiors industry and artists with a history of sales – bridging the gap between collectors, industry professionals and reliable studio artists, I launched Embrace Creatives in January, 2021. Meeting brilliant, passionate, and professional artists while showcasing their art to buyers is a dream come true, and every single sale brings me extreme joy.
In addition to running EC, I am the Manager of the Detroit Center for Design + Technology of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University.
My paintings have been exhibited in Metro Detroit, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania and hang in private collections. My art jewelry art has garnered press, including the premier fashion trade publication, Women’s Wear Daily, The Gem Trade Association, National Jeweler, the Retail Jeweler, the Chicago Sun Times, and more.
As far as business empowerment, I’m thrilled to have been able to guide others through events such as
- I Am An Artist art group
- WXYZ Channel 7 segment: How to Turn a Hobby into a Business
- Battle Creek Community Foundation Art Business Workshop Series, Battle Creek, MI
- Michigan Watercolor Society Annual Meeting, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Fashion Hackathon , Detroit, MI
- Prosper, Oakland County article: Local Artist is Transforming Lives Through Creative Development Training
- Florine Mark’s Remarkable Women Interview (podcast)
- Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Panel Discussion at The Wright Museum, Detroit MI
- DCDT Design Accelerator Pricing Class Speaker, LTU/Detroit Center for Design + Technology, Detroit, MI
- Success Summit, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
- The Runway, Lansing, MI; Detroit Garment Group, Detroit, MI
- Ponyride, Detroit, MI
- Pricing workshop through Erie Arts & Culture, Erie, PA.