Our introduction to art was somewhat the same, just generations apart. Vicki was inspired by her mother (my grandmother) – a designer and photographer – whose decorating of their 1960’s ranch in the California valley was effortlessly modern and way ahead of its time. In this cool environment my mom was encouraged to follow her passion for drawing and painting early. While studying fine art in school, she worked as a graphic designer and part-time illustrator, and by the time my brother and I came along she was exploring textiles – creating and selling hand-painted wares and handcrafted jewelry out of specialty boutiques in Chicago. The relationships she made with the city’s top designers during that time led to commissioned work as a muralist and colorist. She put her paintbrush and (insanely good) eye for color to work on “showcase” homes and commercial businesses for many years. While that work was fun and rewarding, she’s happy to be back in her studio painting on canvas.

Needless to say, I was born into a world of creative women, and a house full of original art. It didn’t take long for me to discover I can’t draw, and it’s something I can’t blame my artist extraordinaire mother for either. Fortunately though, I also learned quickly that creativity and creating isn’t all about your skills (or lack thereof) with a pencil, it’s about finding inspiration in the world around you and channeling that feeling into something that you love to do. This outlook really manifested itself in a love for boutique retail, merchandising and marketing. I studied Advertising in college and spent these years (and many summers before) working for two women’s clothing boutiques. Both turned out to be much more than jobs, and I found myself enchanted with every aspect of the business, including merchandising, window design, and customer service.  After graduating I spent time working in corporate retail and marketing, and exploring the things that truly ignited my creativity and made me excited about…everything.

So, from mom's Chicago studio and my sun-drenched apartment in San Diego, Sister Golden was born.