Featured Artist: Emily Morris

Morris is originally from Houston, but she has called Austin home ever since graduating from Texas State University in 2007, where she obtained a degree in Mass Communication and Art & Design.

Since Morris can remember she has been drawing and as a little girl, she was obsessed with drawing mermaids. Her mother was very encouraging of her art projects growing up, which led Morris to feel supported in choosing a creative path.

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Featured Artist: Justine Beech

An East Coast native, Beech grew up in Long Island, NY, and Glastonbury, CT. She attended art school at the well-known Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration and Communications Design. After graduating in 2003, Beech found work as a mural artist before she began a career in merchandising, working for retailers Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, and later, Patagonia.

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Featured Artist: Lawrence Jolly

Lawrence Jolly grew up in San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained his BFA in Graphic Design. After working in both agency and corporate environments as a designer he founded Jolly Design, an award-winning graphic design and branding company that served the Austin area for 25 years.

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Featured Artist: Kelley Ramirez

Originally from Miami, Kelley Ramirez has been an artist from the time she was in high school and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Miami. After working for a year as a graphic designer, Ramirez came to the conclusion that she was the type of artist who likes to work with her hands. Designing artwork for others, she found, meant that her original design would get completely lost in the editing process. She desired an outlet that allowed for more creative freedom.

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Featured Artist: Angela Navarro

Before moving to Texas, Navarro managed an IT call center in England, where she met her husband. Although a far departure from painting, Navarro enjoyed her work and discovered creativity in problem-solving. She believes that people who take a creative approach in their endeavors, whatever those may be, are more successful. She told us, "It makes you less scared of change in general when you approach challenges creatively." She compared her former job at the call center to painting, explaining that, "Even with painting there is constant decision-making and in the end, the feeling of accomplishment is the same."

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Featured Artist: Ernie Gammage

Gammage began drawing while living in a gardener's cottage on a large English estate. "Growing up in Houston—a city of shades of green— I’d never truly experienced spring with its riotous explosion of color. After a long drab first winter living outside of London and longing for a break in the monotonous gray, these images burst forth, mirroring what was taking place in the landscape around me," Gammage explained. "It was the advent of seasons that struck me while living in England. After 10 months of winter, spring would come and would just explode with color!"

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The Lighter Side Of Kerbey Lane

Although we at Kerbey Lane are famous for our pancakes and queso, there is no shortage of less decadent (but still satisfying) healthy menu items available, including vegan and gluten-free options. Here are a few we recommend in the interest of achieving your health goals, while still keeping your tastebuds happy.

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Featured Artist: Charles Smith

Smith reminisces about his childhood, stating that "Austin was a lot different [back then]. When I was growing up, there weren't as many people and the city felt more relaxed; the culture is changing."

Wildlife, plants and nature are what inspire Smith most. Before beginning a drawing he photographs and studies his subjects. He considered pursuing biology for awhile but found that his passion lied with art. He jokingly drew a parallel between the inspiration for his artwork and that of being an endangered species as an Austin native when he commented, "I am like a rare, exotic animal."

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Featured Artist: Lena Petrova

Originally from the Ukraine, Lena Petrova has been in Austin for almost two years, but she is no stranger to Texas. As a high school exchange student Petrova lived in San Antonio. After finishing her undergraduate degree in the Ukraine, Petrova was called back to the Lone Star state and returned to San Antonio to pursue her MBA at St. Mary's University.

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Featured Artist: Stephanie Conrad of The Pet Studio

Originally from Houston, Conrad has lived in Austin for 12 years. After visiting a friend who was attending the University of Texas at the time, she fell in love with Austin's weirdness. Two weeks later she made the decision to move from her hometown, 165 miles west to the Capital City.

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