After Stevie Nicks, Royal Wood is my favorite singer/songwriter and last weekend I had the great privilege of seeing him perform live. Along with the Civil Wars, Hozier, Birdy, Whitehorse, Lord Huron, Ed Sheeran, Coeur de Pirate, Loreena McKennit, and a few jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, this is the music I listen to while I paint, I think it is the hauntingly beautiful melodies and stories that inspire my own work. I tend to be drawn to those musicians that write their own music and I wonder if it is because I feel a connection to what is created by an artist? I was also introduced to Jadea Kelly that evening and she was incredible. She's definitely going on my playlist.