About Ivy

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I’m an artist, self-taught photographer, teacher, mother to two sweet daughters and wife to one super talented guy. Originally from Sydney, Australia, I now live in Portland, OR (it’s a long story) but travel has definitely inspired my life and been part of my adventure.

Along the way, through all the moving, shifting and growing, Art has been a common thread in my life. It is my true center. When I create Art – I am full of joy. It literally fills me up and makes me whole. After much exploring, I have come home to Art. The call to now share this passion and teach is overwhelming and I am so grateful to have found my true purpose.

I deeply believe we all have creativity inside us and it needs to be expressed and honored in whatever form it takes. Together, I hope we can expand our definitions of self, be fearless in our creating and have faith that there is no wrong way to make ART.


My artwork stems from a deep desire to capture beauty – much like my photography – my goal is imbue each work with it’s own unique beauty and mood.  Inspired by dreams, fairy tales, spiritualism and history, my work most often features a central female figure or figures. Vintage imagery, ephemera and elements add a sense of nostalgia and romance. I seek to tell a story, depict a journey or evoke a state of being within my works. Most times, these subjects are immersed in an otherworldly or ethereal surrounding rarely based on true locations but rather an inner world of subconscious and spirit.

Depending on the message behind the work, I am drawn to either intense hues or subdued pastels. Elements of nature are frequently seen with my figures, reminding us of our connection to the natural world. Butterflies and birds are messenger icons in my work, carrying with them a desire to keep growing, evolving and being open to the world around us. Words and lyrics are sometimes interwoven into the composition to further the meaning and intention of the work.

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is rather consistent. It is a layering process. Each layer builds upon the next resulting in an evolution of texture, color, pattern and shape. Through constant exploration of both media and concept, new inspiration grows and leads to the next body of my work.


My works has been seen in the following publications:



56 responses to “About Ivy

  1. Christy Boutte

    Beautiful, Ivy! So Proud of you. xoxo

  2. Hi, Ivy! I saw your inspiration board on Blogging Your Way Flickrs page and I was very impressed. I am glad to find your blog. I love how you organized your blog (and you use wordpress, too! There are so many blogspot users.). It’s beautiful. I read your profile and you are very talented. I am happy to learn that someone like you chose to be a stay-at-home mom since I’m one as well. I look forward to exploring your blog more. Kaho

    • Hi there Kaho,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate the encouragement. Often I feel like I’m not delivering enough to my blog readers so it’s nice to hear you like what I’m doing! :) I’m going to head over to your blog now to have a look! Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying being a stay at home mom. It’s a tough job but so worth it. xo.

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  4. Hi Ivette,

    I really enjoyed looking through your blog! Very inspirational.

    My name is Kristen Crosby and I’m with Design Shuffle. I wanted to know if you could email me at kristen.c@designshuffle.com

    Thanks Ivette and I look forward to hearing from you!

  5. from Italy. Dear Ivy I’m happy to find your virtual home.

  6. I just pass by. But I cant help my self but to notice. Your Blog site is so Beautiful and Well organized.

    The Vintage Category is to Die for. Let me qoute “Rick Dale””Remember back in the day when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work.

    Madame Ivy should I stay or should I go. Gee I’m may want to stay here forever.

    Best Regards


  7. Hi, Ivy — I just happened across your site… I wish I could tell you how, so you could use the information, but I am honestly not sure. It was earlier in the day and I came across a link somewhere along the line and opened it up. I’m glad I did. Your work with your daughter is wonderful. I am doing a similar thing with my girls, albeit (perhaps) without the skill you bring… I love the collage work. I think my girls will, too. We will check in on you guys from time to time to see if we can steal ideas. :)
    I never know how icky it seems to self-promote. But in the spirit of offering you a view into our little world, in case we do something that you and your daughter find interesting, you can look in on us at http://www.chilledart.com. I provided a link on my site to yours, along with other cool art stuff to do that we plan on attacking sometime in the future. Keep it up. Very inspirational.

    • Hi Chris – Thanks so much for visiting and I really appreciate your kind words. Love that you are creating art with your girls too! Thanks for the link and sharing some of your world. :)

  8. begreatbeoriginal

    This is a great blog. Lovely ideas here :)

  9. Hi there!
    Well, it sounds a bit bold, but I discovered your blog last week (or the week before last) and it is sooo beautiful! I love your pictures and your little texts, the quite tone of your blog and the calmness of everything you post.

    So, during the last one-and-a-half weeks I’ve been reading your postings, working my way slowly but surely through your archives, sipping on hot tea (English Breakfast) ;-) and eating cookies.

    Tonight, I stumbled over a great posting in my blogroll – the blog is called “The Grass Skirt” and is written by Erin, a very cheery, nice woman who lives in North Carolina. She works as a health coach and her recent posting contained a list of brands with non-toxic cosmetic brands. She has asked whether we knew any other companies, and although I haven’t tried any of your brands (I live in Germany) , I posted your link in her comments section … Hope this was okay. :)

    Sorry for all the babble – have a very nice day! And please keep writing and crafting – it’s all so beautiful!


    P.S.: Oh, I almost forgot! You might want to know what I’ve gotten you into, right? ;-) Here’s the link to Erin’s blog: http://thegrassskirtblog.com/

  10. hey I am an artist at university and I love your mad hatta ring, I would love to know a little bit about how you made it, and what technique you used, and also if you found it difficult. All this information would be great for my project, I am studying metal and I will hopefully design a great ring. please email me at

  11. Hello Ivy;

    My name is Danny w/ Architectural Art Tile. (We’re in Salem, Oregon)

    I can across your site from Houzz & very impressed by the images you have on your blog!

    We manufacture custom murals on glass & granite tiles; and we would like to offer you our services free of charge just in exchange for you to blog about us & your experience in dealing with us.

    Take a look at our site http://architecturalarttile.com/ or our profile on houzz http://www.houzz.com/pro/architectural-art-tile/__public

    Please contact me at archtitecturalarttile@gmail.com to discuss.

  12. Hi Ivy,
    I have just found your blog, but way too late I realized! What a beautiful place you have here! Really inspirational!

  13. I just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your blog so much that I have nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”! Go to: http://luv4wickless.wordpress.com/ for details. :] Congrats, you deserve it! – Melanie

  14. About Ivy | Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  15. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today.

  16. Very useful info. Hope to see more posts soon!

  17. I love your blog and nominated it for the Liebster award. You can check it out on lovelaughbelight.com. Your photography is BEAUTIFUL! xo.

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  19. Dear miss Ivy, I have been following you for a while and I think that you run quite an interesting and inspiring blog. I nominated you for an Inspiring blog award. You do not have to participate in this but check it out if you like.

    Here’s the shortlink to my post:

    Good day to you :)

  20. May you live all the days of your life.

  21. Nice to meet you Ivy! I love your site because it speaks from your heart and I am enjoying getting to know you through your blog.

  22. Wonderful blog Ivy. I have fallen at your feet.
    I following

  23. Hi, I have nominated you for the versitile blogger award. I hope you will accept it. Keep up the beautiful posts!

  24. Hey Ivy, I really admire your artwork. Absolutely stunning!!

  25. KBT

    Beautiful gallery and blog!

  26. There’s just so much loveliness going on around here, I could stay forever. So I simply had to follow. Beautifully done, chapeau!

  27. I absolutely had to follow. I’m so inspired by you and your blog! Based on what I’ve read, it seems you and I are very similar and I genuinely look forward to reading through more of your content. Cheers!

  28. Hi there…I really love following your blog, and I’m not sure if you do awards, but even if you don’t, I thought you should know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you ever want to check it out, you can find out more on this award here:



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  30. ¡Enorabuena! Te he nominado para The Versatile Blogger Award! http://wp.me/p1V1Ab-sG

    Un fuerte abrazo y mis mejores deseos.

    Saludos desde Argentina, Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

  31. You’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Follow this link to find out more: http://thrumyspectacles.wordpress.com

  32. Hi!
    I recently just started a blog…I’ve been sifting through other people’s blogs and I absolutely adore yours. You’re an inspiration to me and I love your love for the arts!

  33. I just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your blog so much and I will wait your new post :),please visit http://www.helloworldmagazine.com

  34. Hi! I am a new blogger on WordPress and just found you blog. I live in Oregon too. You have been blogging too long for me to catch up, but I will be following!!!

  35. wow i am so inspired and uplifted looking at your work..i am an artist mum …i would love to be consistant with my art as you are and creating like this…
    thank you for sharing your work x

    • Thank you for your kind words, Faye. I know it is hard balancing Mum time with Art time but honor your gifts and share them with your kids. If your little ones still nap and you have the energy use that time for you and your ART. It’s hard to give ourselves permission to do this but it makes me a better Mum when they wake up! ;) xo.

  36. I just discovered you, Ivy, and see that you will be teaching the Studying the Masters III…..I can hardly contain myself I am so excited for that course. Your blog is gorgeous as is your art, but I have to say, listening to your voiceover in the youtube video I sensed what a good soul you have/are. And nothing is more artistic than that? See you in the course, soon very soon. Thank you for so generously sharing your inspiration.

    • Hi Joanie,

      First of all thank you so much for visiting my blog and looking at my work! I deeply appreciate it and secondly, thank you for your very, very kind words. It really made my day! :) I am so passionate about creativity and connecting women that it means a lot that you could maybe feel that via my video. Thank you again! I will be very excited to see you in class! xoxo ~ Ivy

  37. I was browsing around and came across your blog I have been looking for blogs of creative people.I am impressed with this site it is absolutely beautiful .Keep up the great work!!
    Have a nice day

  38. Hello,
    Your blog is very creative and all the artworks are very striking. I have seen your portfolio. Love your style. Gives me a lot of inspiration as I am also an artist – watercolor painting and sometimes digital.
    Love your blog. Keep it up Ivy :-)

  39. You give me inspiration. I have been stuck in a rut and finally pulling myself out. Thanks to reading your journey, I have come to an “epiphany” of what I want to do in mine. You are a beautiful spirit and your soul will live on in your artwork! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!

  40. I have took a quick look at your first entry, and I realised you do very quality draws. I hope you will keep getting more views and Likes, because your artwork is very underrated

    And other thing that your blog has is that you talk a lot about your process, and you like to analyze if you’re improving or not, and that shows you take a lot of care of your creative process.

    Well, have a nice week.

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