Deserts have such a hidden beauty in them, I think it’s because of the huge amount of texture, pattern and shape that they offer, it’s so much more diverse than that of a forrest or beach landscape.

Annotated Audrey is Dig and Hang’s featured colorful artist of the week. She has perfectly captured the majestic beauty of the desert at both sunrise and sunset placing it onto prints and stickers so that we may forever treasure the magic wherever we are.

The vibrant jewel colors she uses along with attention to detail and mesmerizing patterns make her work a true wonder for desert lovers near and far!

Find out what her favorite decorative item in her house is right now and where she gets inspiration from below in an interview we did with her.

You can also find direct links to her online shop where you can purchase many of the prints and stickers you see below. Be sure to follow her on Instagram as well so you can see all the new work she is putting out. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annotatedaudrey/
Website/Shop:  https://annotatedaudrey.com/
 

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1. Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?

I’ve loved creating since I was a kid and I’ve always tried to work it into my life in some way. After college, I got a job that was quite stressful and draining. At some point, I started drawing and crafting as a way to relieve stress and I got really into it.

I would spend any free moment I had making art and on the weekends, I would blog about it. When I moved to the desert a few years ago, I decided to hold off on getting a “normal” job right away and try to pursue my passion for art.

Inspired by my surroundings, I started painting and drawing desert landscapes and plants. Eventually, (with lots of hard work) I found a way to turn my art into a career and I haven’t looked back since. 

2. How would you describe your home decor style? 

I would definitely describe my home décor style as eclectic. I like to collect things from my travels or from random shopping trips with my husband to thrift shops or home goods stores.

In general, I love combining different textures, colors, patterns and fabrics to create a really unique look. 

I want my home to be a reflection of me and my lifestyle, so it’s got a very boho-glam feel to it. Also, for some reason I can’t stop compulsively painting murals on my walls.

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3. What inspires you when you get in a rut?

If I feel like I’m in a creative rut, I just stop creating and start living. Nature is probably my biggest source of inspiration. I always feel so inspired when I go on a road trip or go on a hike in the desert.

Inspiration also strikes while I’m doing other things though, like browsing clothing racks, listening to music, or watching television. I think that one of the most interesting aspects of art is its ability to capture a slice of the artist’s life at its time of creation.

Most of my art is desert themed, because I live in the middle of the desert, but it also carries traces of other inspiration too. Patterns or colors from my favorite articles of clothing or phrases from movies or songs can often find their way into my work too. 

4. What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why? 

I love using as many colors as possible in my work. My favorite colors to use are probably rich jewel tones, but I kind of use whatever colors excite me at the time.

Life is filled with so many different colors and I love to let those colors inspire me. 

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5. Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like? 

Somewhat recently, I converted our guest room into a studio space for myself and it was the best decision ever! It’s a cozy little space that’s filled with art supplies and product inventory.

I create a lot of different products using my art and we do most of the manufacturing ourselves, so is definitely a multi-use space. I do everything in there from painting to pressing buttons.

When I’m away from home, I typically take my IPad with me, so that I can create art wherever I go. My favorite places to work are: in the car during road trips, outside under shade or in a quiet coffee shop. But really I can work anywhere and often do. 

6. Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…

Kate Tova: https://www.instagram.com/kate_tova/
Justina Blackeney: https://www.instagram.com/justinablakeney/
Anna Bond: https://www.instagram.com/annariflebond/

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7. What are your favorite items decorating your home and why? 

I’m really loving my growing rock and mineral collection. I’ve always been fascinated by the natural processes that form rocks and minerals and I think it’s really cool to have pieces in my home that remind me of just how old the earth is.

Plus, they work really well with my desert themed art, which is pretty much all over the place.