In September on 2007, I placed a reservation for a smart car, not fully realizing it would take a little over a year for my car to come to America. At the time, gas was escalating in price and the world was talking about becoming more "green". Although, I already had a very economical car, a Subaru Outback, I decided to go smaller. I had researched and purchased the Outback to carry my kayak, but I found that I rarely left the Wrightsville Beach area where my husband, Russ and I keep our boats. Another important consideration was transporting my paintings. I am an artist, and delivering artwork is of critical importance. After much soul searching, I realized that if I needed a larger car I could borrow my husband's. I also really wanted to have a convertible again...the sun on your face and the wind through your hair makes life worth living!
Several trips to Europe had me familiar with the smart car, it's tiny size and perky demeanor always brought a smile to my face. In October 2008, I picked up my car at the smart car center in Cary, NC. The folks there were very helpful and it was a smooth transference. During my two hour drive home to Wilmington, NC, I tried to determine what my car's name should be. "To Be" inspired Bebe, and my sweet little car was christened.
From the beginning, I knew that I wanted to have one of my paintings put on as a wrap. Looking through my portfolio of images, I decided that I wanted to honor my home town and love of the beach, by selecting a local scene that is dear to my heart. I belong to a family beach club, The Hanover Seaside Club, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. I spend as much time there as possible and looking from the third floor porch is a wonderful view of the Crystal Pier. That is the image I selected to wrap Bebe in. Image Monster, a local business that specializes in all kinds of print mediums did a fantastic job on Bebe's wrap.
I have been fortunate to work as the manager of Spectrum Art & Jewelry, located in Wilmington, NC since 2000. The owner, Star Sosa is a dear friend and an inspiration in creating exciting media events. She has encouraged me to take Bebe further than I ever dreamed possible.
Please join Bebe and me as we travel and explore, you never know what smart places we will turn up next.
Nancy and Bebe
P.S If you would like to see more of my art, click HERE.