• Inspiration at its finest

    Recently I got to see, in person, the exact view of a painting I did of NYC for someone special a few months ago. I painted the painting using a photograph as inspiration since I had not seen the scene in person myself (yet!). However, when I arrived at Brooklyn Bridge Park and saw "my painting" in real life, I was speechless for a moment. As much as I love painting a scene/ city/ view after I've traveled there in person....its almost more fulfilling for me to paint something before I see it, and then go travel there to find the exact view I painted. Because up until that moment, it existed in my mind only as a painting and offers limitless possibility. 

    All images taken by @lyzdesign unless noted otherwise.

  • Urban Artistic Living

    Up until this point this website has been mostly about paintings and my growing collection of vibrant and energetic skylines and palm trees. I’ve been honored to commission paintings for friends, family and strangers alike and all of that is creative fuel for new paintings and ideas, I can hardly keep up! Thank you all for your support and keep sharing the LYZ design love! I can’t wait until the next painting and/ or design project begins.

    As many of you may know, my creative outlets stretch past painting and I find inspiration in almost everything I see. Every time I travel, every time I pick up a magazine, every time I see someone fashionable walking down the street. I am starting these blog posts as an extension of my creative self. Consider it just another facet of LYZ design and stay tuned for all thing urban and artistic; inspirations that influence me, my artwork and my design style.

    Creativity is a way of life. Follow along and get inspired!

  • Art Impact

    I may be biased, but as an artist and designer, I can't imagine a space without a punch of bold art. Interior or exterior, traditional or belongs everywhere! I love putting a bold piece in a calm space to add some energy and make it more dynamic, but a monochromatic space with an uber textural simple piece of art works well too. There's a piece of art for any body, any any form. Below are a few of my favorite LYZ paintings in their homes!

    All images taken by @lyzdesign unless noted otherwise.

  • Eclectic Modern

    I'm most inspired by interiors that don't feel like they've come straight from a catalog. My dream spaces include mixed metals, mixed textures, a pop of bold color, artistic accents and crisp white to balance it all out. I'm a huge fan of pattern, but not overdoing it. Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” I feel that same way with an interior. A little breathing room and simple balance can prevent designs from being overdone and fussy. These modern eclectic interiors below are most inspiring to me. Bold, textured, artistic, balanced, unique.

    Images via Elle DecorDomaineCatherine Kwong Design, Roseland Greene, Interior Infatuations, Domino Mag

  • White Hot

    This 3-panel commission combines the energy New York City and Chicago. The unique composition boasts intense layering and metallic texture; with a cool, crisp white color palette. Each panel size is 18x36.

  • Vivid Paris

    Bright paintings make thoughtful gifts, especially when they capture the spirit of Paris!

  • NYC.

    One of my favorite bridges to paint...Brooklyn.

  • Chicago River

    One of my latest commissions....a 3 panel painting of the Chicago River! It looks awesome against the brick wall in its new home in Chitown.

  • Design Meets Los Angeles

    I donated a sketch painting to the DMLA Silent Auction a few weeks ago. The night was Masquerade themed, held at Beso in Hollywood and was a really fun event hosted by the AIA LA Interiors Committee. The annual silent art auction benefits the Student Competition Scholarships. My piece was the highest bid of the night! 

  • Art Incognito 2013

    I was so honored to be involved with this event for the first time last year...adn even more excited to participate again this year! Each piece of art donated is bid on, without the bidder knowing the identity of the artist. Last year mine hit the maximum bid within the first hour! Hoping for another successful event on Thursday!

    Why Free Arts??

    Last years donation:

    This years donation! [northwoods sunset; 11x14]

  • Turning sketches into Art

    Most of my paintings start with a simple black and white scribble sketch. Which you would never guess, since most of my paintings are very vibrant in color! Anyway, I have started to develop those scribbles a little further, and add some dimesnion with a little bit of paint. The final product is on canvas paper and matted to fit simply into a frame.

  • Tangram Studio Artwalk

    My friends at Tangram Studio asked me to display my art in their loft showroom for DTLA Artwalk last night. Top floor of the Pac Mutual building in downtown Los skyline paintings were in their natural habitat, displayed against the skyline! The space was beautful and my colorful paintings added a great splash of color to the loft space.

  • Happy! (Birthday)!

    Miniature paintings make the best and most special birthday cards. I painted this one for my awesome Mom, who's been the biggest source of encouragement and support in my art. <3

  • Geneva Landscape

    This commission is my largest painting yet! The client, a private hospital in a Chicago Suburb, wanted a bold piece for their new board room. I came up with the idea of tying a little bit of the urban cityscape of Chicago with the more rural hills and fields found in Geneva. The piece is super textured and full of color!

  • all you need is LOVE.

    Handmade Valentines make the best Valentines. This year, I painted little 4" x 5" miniature paintings for all on my nice list!

    One Valentine even got featured on The Champagne & the Stars fashion blog today, with an outfit to match. Thanks to my sweet friend Josephine for the LYZ design love on her blog!

    check out the post here! : is a fashion blog with BIG personality! You'll fall in love with my friend Josephine, her closet and her rockstar personality :)

  • NYC > Idaho!

    Empire State of Mind gets a new home! This beauty was sold at RAWards and arrived at its new home in Boise, ID this week. Love the infinite texture, layer and color of this piece.

    Details: 'Empire State of Mind' | 24 x 48 | heavy body acrylic on canvas

  • RAWards 2012: Underground Art Lounge

    The annual RAWards showcase, hosted by the RAW artists organization, was held at the beautiful Belasco Theater in downtown LA. The show was packed with talented artists from all walks...visual art, music, fashion, hair/ makeup, film, photography, jewelry design and more! So honored to be featured as a Founder's Favorite at this show! I was set up in the Underground Art Lounge, complete with fences, street lamps and live music for an citywalk feel. Perfect ambience for the bright colors and urban energy of my art! Thank you to all my friends who came to support. Love you guys!

    Special thanks to my Mom, my biggest cheerleader, who flew all the way from Wisconsin to come and support me. So grateful she got to experience this show with me :) 




  • tour eiffel

    I've started a new technique, combining my sketch method with a little paint to add some depth. I love the energy the loose lines evoke. Let me assure city will be left unturned!

  • RAWards: 4th Annual National Awards Showcase

    Tonight's the big night! I will be one of 17 Visual Artists representing at the RAWards showcase in downtown LA. I've been selected as the Founder's Favorite by the Founder/Executive Director of RAW: natural born artists. The showcase honors the top 9 artists NATIONALLY (out of 10,000!) in 9 different categories, plus the Founders Favorites! RAWards is the biggest indie arts award show in the world! So honored!