We are thrilled to welcome new artist Riley Sheehey to the Dixie family! Riley is well known in the illustration world for her darling watercolored portraits and whimsical patterns. Keep reading to learn more about Riley, see some “behind the scenes” peeks at her in-process Dixie artwork and a selection of the finished cards you can find in our 2019 Holiday Collection!
Although she has always loved art, Riley started designing and illustrating professionally in the summer of 2014 after a good friend asked if she would be interested in creating a custom watercolor invitation suite for her upcoming wedding. In 2017, Riley left her elementary school teaching career to pursue freelance art full-time. Riley specializes in watercolor illustration. She enjoys working with businesses on artwork for their branding, marketing, and packaging; on editorial artwork for print publications; and on surface design for textiles and wallpaper. Her style is whimsical and feminine, and she is most inspired by interior design, fashion, and architecture, but she is always open to new opportunities to create things that make people smile. She lives and works in Falls Church, Virginia, with her husband and their dog, Stevie.
Dixie’s Q&A with Riley::
County Cork, Ireland, where my great (great?) grandparents were from
Nantucket or Charleston- my husband and I have gone ever summer since we met!
Ideal dinner date:
My grandmother, when she was my age
Rumors- Fleetwood Mac
“Big Fish”- I rewatch it every few years
Goldfish crackers, pizza, grilled cheese (notice a theme?)
I love textile and interior design
My scanner. My family and friends make fun of me because I buckle it in with a seatbelt in the seat next to me whenever I go on a trip.
Not etiquette, really, but it drives me insane when people misuse apostrophes!
Pencil or felt-tipped pen if I’m feeling fancy
Road trip game:
The Alphabet Game
Go-to hostess gift:
A bottle of wine or decorated ornament during the holidays
Predicting snow days (I used to teach elementary school)
Perfect cup of joe:
Black with skim milk
Childhood dream job:
A fashion designer
Tool of the trade:
Leaping before I look (saying yes, and figuring it out along the way)
Photography: Abby Grace Photography, Riley Sheehey, Mary Margaret Smith Photography, Holland Williams Photography, Mary Catherine Brownfield Photography, and Heather Durham Photography.