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We winter in Key West, and the studio space in our RV never worked well. My husband, Doug, who knows how to build lots of stuff, always dreamed of converting a school bus himself into his own motorhome, but I thought it sounded like a horrible idea. After showing me numerous cool design photos, he finally convinced me to agree to do it, but with one rule- I get to have the final decision on every single square inch of the bus! (Yes, we have witnesses to the deal.) Also, I would finally get my custom art studio on wheels.
We purchased forty-foot-long "Aquapiphany", formerly known as bus 16, from our local school district in the spring of 2018. Doug is a jack of all trades, and with the help of our sons, Jason and Jeff, did all of the improvements including raising the roof, moving the door, heating, lighting, bathroom, kitchen and awnings. Together we did the color layout on the outside, our friend Kevin Hamilton sprayed the paint, and I hand lettered my Bingaman Design logo and graphics. We are still working on the inside, and hope to be finished soon. Honk if you see us passing by!
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I am happiest at the beach, so I painted this ocean scene on all of the walls in my home studio. I am inspired every day by my organized collections of polymer clay, beads, paints, wire, tools, found objects, and oddities of all kinds. I find it very satisfying to sort my treasures into color coded drawers and totes.
"Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou
Aquapiphany- "good ideas by the water"