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Inside The Artist’s Studio with Alicia McGloon: Finding Myself

My name is Alicia McGloon, and I am a watercolor artist/jewelry maker. I currently live on campus at the New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, where my husband Ryan is a full-time student. I have my degree in Fine Art and a DBA  as Simply Divine Details, the brand I have created for my watercolor jewelry. I also work full-time as a bank teller (I know, working both sides of the brain).

my humble little studio -  we have a 2 bedroom dorm suite, the 2nd bedroom serves as my studio space.

My humble little studio – we have a 2 bedroom dorm suite, the 2nd bedroom serves as my studio space.

After graduating, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my art. The one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted my work to be a part of other people’s lives in a practical and affordable way.

I stumbled upon the idea of putting my watercolors into jewelry settings. Through research, I taught myself how to adhere glass to small paintings, work with the metal and jewelry findings, and where to buy good quality components and supplies.

A large drafter's filing cabinet houses all my glass pieces and pendant settings as well as sheets of watercolor paper.

A large drafter’s filing cabinet houses all my glass pieces and pendant settings as well as sheets of watercolor paper.

Some artists creating similar jewelry use prints of their larger works, shrunk down to fit the jewelry. I paint each small painting individually to make every piece unique and one-of-a-kind. Of course, in going this route, I have ruined quite a few little paintings when something goes wrong during the post-painting process. Sometimes the resin doesn’t want to cooperate, or a piece of glass is chipped after adhering it to the painting.

Still, every successful piece is worth the risk, because in the end it’s more than just a painting. People wear my art knowing that each one is irreplaceable because it is not mass produced.

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these little flower paintings are about the size of a quarter.

These flower paintings are about the size of a quarter.

this little frog is half an inch in size and is one of my all-time favorite paintings.

This little frog is half an inch in size and is one of my all-time favorite paintings.

I use a one-part resin to adhere the glass to the little paintings. After the resin has dried, I use a heavy-duty pair of scissors to carefully cut around the glass and then clean up the edges.

I use a one-part resin to adhere the glass to the little paintings. After the resin has dried, I use a heavy-duty pair of scissors to carefully cut around the glass and then clean up the edges.

After cutting out and cleaning up the glass, I use the resin to glue the piece into the setting.  When that is dry, I finish by adding the additional findings, such as a chain for a necklace, or the wires for earrings.

"Red Flower" original watercolor 1"x1",  set in antiqued brass and glass.

“Red Flower” original watercolor 1″x1″, set in antiqued brass and glass.

One of the greatest highlights of my work is how personal it can be. I have many customers who see my work and immediately have ideas of how they would make it their own.  People get excited as they tell me their thoughts. I have had such fun creating custom orders, from favorite animals to tiny portraits of loved ones. Painting such small portraits has really pushed my limits artistically.

I really feel that I have finally found who I am as artist and look forward to growing in my art and seeing where my passion takes me.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read a little about me. You can stop by the Main Street Arts Gallery Shop to check out a selection of my jewelry. I am also on many social media sites where you can keep up to date with my jewelry, including the Simply Devine Details website!

simplydivinedetails.com | Facebook | instagram | twitter | pinterest

Check out our last Inside the Artist’s Studio post, by abstract painter Bradley Butler.

Main Street Arts Online Gallery Shop

Main Street Arts is excited to announce the launch of our online shop! We now offer limited edition artist posters for our exhibitions, Main Street Arts apparel, and a unique line of functional ceramics by Rochester artist, Samantha Stumpf.

Take a look at our current exhibition posters:

Exhibition posters for "The Opposite of Concrete", featuring artists Carl Chiarenza, Karen Sardisco, Patricia Wilder, and Bradley Butler

Exhibition posters for “The Opposite of Concrete”, featuring artists (clockwise from upper left): Patricia Wilder, Karen Sardisco, Bradley Butler, and Carl Chiarenza

Some poster features:

  • 20 x 16 inches
  • Printed on archival cotton rag paper
  • Limited edition of 5
  • Signed and numbered by the artist
  • Embossed with the gallery logo (bottom right corner)
  • Printed in Rochester, NY

We’re also proud to announce a new line of tableware by Rochester artist Samantha Stumpf. Samantha has been blogging for our Inside the Artist’s Studio series for the past few weeks, walking us through her production process. Here we get to see the fruits of her labors!

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Green Leaves Tableware Mugs

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Green Leaves Tableware Mugs

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Pinstripe Tableware Set

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Circles Tableware Plates

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Circles Tableware Plates

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Blue Lines Tableware Bowls

Samantha Stumpf Ceramics, Blue Lines Tableware Bowls

Samantha has presented us with tableware inspired by the natural world and intended for everyday use. There are four series of different colors and patterns. Each piece is made of porcelain and layered with unique, hand painted brush marks, adding depth and variation to the surface. This unique line is made specifically for Main Street Arts and our logo proudly appears on each piece. Learn more about the artist, here.

These pieces are food, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Head on over to our online gallery store to see the posters, Samantha’s tableware series, and more.