He also brought on a number of awesome people to assist him, including Vera Long
, who finished the beams and painted the walls and trim. Of course, she and I hit it off immediately and the rest is history. She even convinced me to apply for the Ojai Studio Artists, so it’s thanks to Vera that I get to share my studio with you! She now lives just around the corner and will be having her open studio at the same time.
Nick and I painted the concrete floor and designed desks and shelving – which he built and I quickly took over (please come buy some pieces so Nick can have his half of the room back!!).
We still have a little work to do – the bathroom is pretty rough and needs a slop sink instead of a shower (who puts a shower in a garage?) and there are two little wall niches that need to be finished, but it’s functional and we get a lot of use out of it. Also, that we met so many of our first new friends here due to its very creation is very meaningful to us.