Interview with Fairfax Woman Magazine

I was contacted early in April by Fairfax Woman Magazine’s founder Oda Solms. She mentioned someone had sent her an email suggesting to consider an article about my art. Everything moved very fast after I committed to the interview. The next thing I knew I was asked to be put me on the cover which made me very nervous. Oda was wonderful to work with, especially after sending me to have my hair and makeup done by Natalia the owner of AlYa followed by a lovely photo shoot with Emily Korff of Veralana Photography. The entire experience was fun and exciting. Thank you Fairfax Woman Magazine!


A Conversation with Local Artist Sabrina Cabada

by Oda Solms

Born in Washington, D.C., Sabrina Cabada grew up immersed in a creative world. The daughter of artists and gallery owners, her love for art and the business flourished. Although she studied fine art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, she still considers herself a self-taught painter. Building from her success and engagement with the local art community, Sabrina is looking forward to continuing her collaborations with diverse, eclectic businesses and galleries nationwide, and continues to set her sights on ambitious opportunities ahead.

Using light movement and unique paint combinations, Sabrina creates her vibrant or subtle color palettes. Her portraits portray vivid narratives that offer captivating and authentic glimpses at both the vintage and modern woman. The artist’s abstracts are bold with both color and life – a contrast to her miniature collection titled “littles,” which satisfy her whimsical side. 

Sabrina lives and loves in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Joe, kids, Hannah and Jake, and dog, Bear. 

How do you describe your work?
I am most passionate about my portraits. My subject matter bounces from era to era, from vintage to retro to present day. With my use of exaggerated color and acrylic paint as my primary medium, my paintings take on a pop art quality. 

Why do you consider yourself a self-taught painter despite having gone to art school?
I grew up surrounded by art and developed my love for vibrant colors from my father’s use of bold and vivid paint colors in his abstract work. My style evolution began as a child. The techniques I learned in school were and are valuable, but in the end, I arrived at this point on my own and proceed alone. 

What is the creative process behind your work?
My method or process is not conventional. I rarely sketch because I find it difficult to stay within the lines. My color palette evolves as the painting starts to take form. It is more of an instinct than a formalized plan. This process may mean several frustrating hours of time spent on the expression of a smile, for instance, but I feel this is the only way to achieve good work. If it were easy and I didn’t invest the time, heart and soul, I would not consider myself an artist.

Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration can come from anywhere, but once I find it, I file it away until I am ready to give it life. I look for interesting shadows, for example, the way light hits sunglasses. When something resonates with me, I know it instantly. 

Do you have a favorite painter who has inspired your work?
I have several painters, both classical and modern day. Until you stop, think, and write about artists who inspire you, you never realize they had such an influence on your art. Obviously, my father was my first influence. His comfort with color always gave me courage to experiment myself.

I have a long list of artists I am inspired by. I have always loved Wayne Thiebaud, Alex Katz, Edward Hopper, and portraits by Francesco Clemente. 

My favorite modern-day artists are Ali Cavanaugh, Jeff Hein, Alyssa Monks, Leah Giberson, and for fun, Ashley Longshore. Many years ago, I walked into a SoHo gallery and saw an exhibit by Kelly Reemtsen. I thought, “Wow! I want this!”

How has your art changed over the years? 
My past work seemed more loose with my brush strokes and I painted small and safe. I have worked my way up to large canvases and more defined lines. I still enjoy portrait work but now I’m dabbling into abstract. I am fascinated to find them to be more difficult than I thought.

What piece of your work embodies your true style and reflects your artistic tendencies?
Hard to say. My true style is constantly evolving but my artist tendencies will always sway toward vibrant color and portraits. I couldn’t imagine painting in black and white. 

Was there a particular moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?
I’d been told that I have a talent since kindergarten and fortunately grew up in an artistic environment. It would seem like art to be the natural course for me, but honestly, I would say when you sell a painting and you see how much someone is going to cherish what you created… it’s a rush. After my first art exhibit at my parent’s gallery I knew that I would continue as an artist. 

If you were not an artist, what might have you become?
I love interior and fashion design. I have several interior design projects I juggle currently. Something creative… that’s all I have ever wanted to do. 

Although, a reliable paycheck would be nice.

What advice would you give to a young artist hoping to make a career out of being an artist?
Be prolific, work hard, power through criticism and rejection, believe in yourself, don’t give up, and go for it. I think sometimes as a young artist you want to hold on to your paintings until you get them just right or you don’t want to sell them at all. Share and sell your work! It enables you to paint more and you become a legitimate artist. I could go on and on about this subject.

What is your greatest pleasure in life?
Spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and being alone with tools to create.

You can find more of Sabrina’s work at

Here is the Interview

Art at The Nest Egg

Please join us for our annual “Love Local” week 2/9-16. We’ll be celebrating local with a Lee Industries upholstery sale and a special local artist gallery featuring Sabrina Cabada of Arlington, VA. Be sure to also join us on 2/12 from 5-7pm for an Artist Meet & Greet reception!


Lee Industries “Local Love Week” February 9 - 16, 2019 at The Nest Egg

Meet and Greet Reception with Artist, Sabrina Cabada

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

5p - 7p

Refreshments will be served

The Nest Egg
11940 Grand Commons Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Mon-Sat 10-7; Sun 12-6
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I recently came across this lovely DIY on Pinterest and had to give it a go. Please see tutorial by Kristen Laczi’s Blog Thanks, Kristen! I love them!



  1. Glass or Plastic Ornaments

  2. Acrylic Paint

  3. Paint Brushes

  4. Jar for water

  5. Paper towels

  6. Wax Paper 

  7. Ribbon, Twine or Ornament Hooks


  1. Lay down a sheet or kraft paper to protect your desk

  2. Lay down some wax paper (optional, but I found that when the ornaments are drying they didn't stick to the wax paper.)

  3. Pick out your paint colors, brushes and get a jar of water for washing your brushes off

  4. Take caps off the ornaments & put them aside

  5. Lay all the ornaments out on the wax paper

  6. Mix your colors and get creative! Theres no right or wrong, just have fun with it. 

  7. Let your ornaments dry

  8. Touch up if need be

  9. Put caps back on ornaments

  10. Add ribbon, twine or hooks to complete the look

  11. Hang on the tree and enjoy!


ENJOY and Happy Holidays!!





On Sunday, December 2nd I will be in Richmond, Virginia for the 14th annual Handmade Holiday 2018! Booth information will be available closer to event.

Show Date: Saturday, Dec. 1st & Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2018

Show times: 11 am - 5 PM

Location: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220


It’s the Richmond Craft Mafia’s 14th annual Handmade Holiday craft show! We’re back at Hardywood, with all of our vendors outside under big heated tents. We’re welcoming over 50 of the best crafters, artists, and makers for the city’s favorite holiday shopping event! Half of our vendors will be there on Saturday and Sunday, and half will be there for one day only, so be sure to stop by both days to see lots of amazing new art and gifts.

On Saturday, we will offer Early Bird hours to our shoppers at 10am. For a $5 donation to our non-profit partner Big Brothers Big Sisters, shoppers gain early access to our vendors. At 11am, the doors open to everyone for free. The show ends at 5pm. On Sunday we will not have Early Bird shopping. The show hours will be 11am-5pm on Sunday.


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First event of the season! The 1st of December I will be a vendor at Anthropologie’s Holiday Pop-Up Market in Georgetown. Please stop in to view and shop original paintings, new “littles”, prints, notecards and other seasonal surprises

sips and snacks will be served

Anthropologie & Co Georgetown

3222 M ST NW #M-301

WASHINGTON, DC 20007-3621

Saturday, December, 1, 2018

10a - 3p


Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this event! or 703.629.5751 Can’t wait!!



Alyssa Monks is a New Jersey-based artist who’s most famous for her stunning hyper realistic paintings. I have been following her career for years. The paintings below are older works.

Although they seem like photographs, these are actually very detailed portraits of bathing people. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces,“ Monks said of her techniques.

When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself,” the award winning artist states, “I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet – if both can coexist in the same moment.”



Hyper-realistic oil paintings of Robin Eley

This Australia-based artist with a British birth certificate and American education spends around 5 weeks on a painting, working around 90 hours a week. Robin says he tries to explore the perception of isolation in the modern world, and the plastic wrap in his pictures works as a medium for this, since “it is something you can see through, but not feel through”.



I have never studied at an art school, I just started painting at the age of 3. My mother told me, she noticed my artistic talent very early, when I drew my first sketches. After kindergarten I started using oil colors. I guess I was 7 or 8 years old when the first piece was sold to a friend of the family.

Dagras’s most recent paintings impress with their oversized and hyper-realistic representation of people. The artist plays with the effect on the observer right from the beginning. Although the works appear to be photographs from a distance, on closer observation the large scale of the portrait establishes the macroscopically precise observation of the artist and his masterly intercourse with colour shading and colour shift rich with nuances, that sharpen the view of the picturesque.


I LOVE THIS WALLPAPER! Coming soon ... a diy hand painted dining room mural

I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Gucci's Heron print wallpaper. Scattered dragonflies with herons elegantly at play on a pink background and it's Gucci! Fact is, I'm so in love with this wallpaper that I am planning to recreate my own version on my dining room wall. Simply, because I can and at $350 for 2 panels (W2.25ft x L11.5ft), I have no choice. Can't wait to start this project and will blog again with updates on this fancy diy.

gucci heron print wallpaper

I am also inspired by the hand painted designs of Voutsa. I'm sure you have seen the the Garden Chinoiserie Mural sold by Anthropologie and featured in this delightful dining room designed Schuyler Stamperton in the June 2017 House Beautiful. I currently have a client that loves Stamperton's dining room and we are using images as inspiration for her dining room makeover.


Here are some other designs by Voutsa

Voutsa via Design Crush

Voutsa via Design Crush

Voutsa via  Design Crush

Voutsa via Design Crush

Updates soon to follow on mural and client's dining room makeover. Art and design is everything!


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Upcoming Event at the Pop Up: How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe Style Workshop

Check out this fabulous upcoming event! Go to dcstylefactory to sign up for this event on Thursday 4/12 at 6p!!!

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"I attended your capsule wardrobe event and found it very inspiring. I applied the lessons learned and am loving the freedom that has come with my pared-down closet. I am amazed to find I'm not at all bored and, in fact, am more creative, with a constrained choice set!" -- Attendee of Spring 2017 DC Style Factory Capsule Wardrobe Workshop.

I am SO excited to announce that back by popular demand is our signature How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe Style Workshop! This time, we will be at Sabrina Cabada Pop Up art gallery in Arlington in partnership with nicolelanteridesign, sabrinacabada and mirajeandesigns. During the style talk, I will be featuring shoppable looks from shopmimimiller and shopatthehive.

Come learn how to build the wardrobe of your dreams with yours truly. Click here to sign up and see you in April!