My painting studio is located on the lower level of my split-level home in Raleigh, NC. It measures approximately 12 feet by 22 feet, and was originally a built-in one-car garage. Sometime during the 1980s, the garage was converted into a finished office by the previous owner, who then used it as a base for his life insurance agency. The former garage door was replaced by a set of French doors, and the room was dry-walled, carpeted and air-conditioned.
When I moved into the house in 2004, I immediately chose this space for my studio. I eventually removed the carpeting, painted the original concrete floor a terracotta red, and installed shelving for storage and bookcases for my visual art texts. It's a small but comfortable space for me to work in, and very secluded from the rest of the house. All in all, the perfect artist's retreat.