Hagerty Why I Drive: My 1966 Jeepster
The opportunity to be featured with my 1966 Jeepster by Hagerty for their Why I Drive Series came by way of a kind referral. The team at Hagerty felt my Jeepster and art studio origin story would be a great fit for the “Why I Drive” series. Their only request was that we find a location for filming that was, in their words, “quintessentially Texan”. My husband, Morgan, and I scouted out the perfect place to film in the dirt at the willingness of my best friend’s family on their central Texas ranch.
It rained the entire week leading up to the day we planned to film. Common sense aside, my entire family pitched in to wash and detail the Jeep from top to bottom and clean up my art studio. I finally made the time to properly repaint and polish all of the vintage emblems on the Jeep with Alpha enamel paint (I was surprised they looked as good as they did before restoring them because as a teenager I had painted the emblems using a dollar store brush and spray paint haha!). My brother even helped me rewire the KC lights for the Jeepster’s big reveal.
To watch this feature and learn about the origins of my art studio, just click the link below!
Before the sun rose on the morning of the shoot day, Morgan and I met Aaron McKenzie and Sean Fannin, both talented camera guys sent out by Hagerty, at the gate entrance. We hit it off and felt like old friends instantly. Upon arrival to the ranch, our tires hit the mud, the rain held off, and we began filming! At their instruction, we drove the Jeep all over different terrain and at different speeds for what seemed like hours (but hey, I wasn’t complaining AT ALL!). We were so intrigued with how Aaron and Sean worked together to get seemingly unobtainable shots. They even harnessed themselves into their rental van to lean out the back with a camera to grab shots while we followed in the Jeep! Once we got the footage we needed of the Jeepster, we headed back to our house where we went through couple interview questions and they filmed me working in my art studio. We topped the day off with a delicious and “quintessential Texas” supper at Schoefp’s BBQ, in Belton, Texas and then said our sad goodbyes.
My Art Studio’s Name
We only spent a day with Sean and Aaron, but with their talents, they captured my personal and professional story through the art of beautiful cinematography and imagery of my 1966 Jeepster seamlessly. This unique video explains the meaning of why I named my studio Asphalt Canvas Custom Art. It’s through building this Jeepster that I learned to persevere against many odds, and through making art that I learned to love life. It’s when both of these concepts converge that I find my purpose, priceless relationships, life lessons, and inspiration beyond words. This is why you’ll see my Jeepster on the official ACCA T-shirt! I am so honored to be in the lineup of the countless inspiring videos Hagerty has produced in the “Why I Drive” series.
“Whether it’s hot laps around the local track or a Sunday cruise with the family, your car is the place you make memories. Watch these car stories on the joy of driving.” – Hagerty Media on #WhyIDrive