Welcome to the 1 Happy Place Portfolio! Feel free to peruse my work and find inspiration for your own website!

Also, come to my Showroom of Websites that demonstrate the different levels of websites that I build. You can see the pricing of each of these levels of website.

ElliotAppelPaints.com →

Elliot Appel

Elliot Appel is a professional artist who paints cityscapes of New York as well as commissions. He needed a new multi-page website including two distinct portfolios. One portfolio for the cityscapes and one for his commissions, which was broken up into three categories that were shown on the same page.

Stylistically, Elliot paints cityscapes from New York City. The Forma DJR font matches his overall city vibe, with it's clear single-stroke lettering set in lowercase. Since he specializes in painting buildings, I added a white brick on the masthead to complete the look, which is used as a background in other sections of the website.

TraceyLeeCassin.com →

Tracey Lee Cassin

Tracey Lee Cassin is a multi-talented artist and photographer who needed a one-page website to pull together her extensive Internet presence including a popular blog, social media and marketplaces.

Her work spans many mediums as well as subjects and styles. On her blog, she was already using a black, white and gold color scheme. Those colors along with the clean font, Pragmatica, combined with Shelby font with all its flair, worked well to pull together a one-page website that brings all her fascinating work into one place.

JorgensenArt.com →

Agnes Jorgensen

Agnes Jorgensen is an award-winning artist who needed a website redesign. She is a very active artist and required a website to communicate her portfolio, testimonials, commission work, museum exhibit and extensive awards.

Stylistically, Agnes' work has amazing intricate detail and complex color palettes. I created a design with the bold combination of light yellow, dark red and dark blue, but used with a softness that matches her compelling artwork. The font was chosen to pull it all together to best represent who she is as an artist.

HattieMcDaniel.com →

Hattie McDaniel

The Estate of Hattie McDaniel launched a legacy project for star of stage and screen, Hattie McDaniel. They needed a website to serve as a hub for the project. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to ever win an Oscar for her role in 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

Hattie's website is based on a custom WordPress theme and minimalist design. The Filmography page was built with custom posts. The font represents her time in the 1940's and 50's. Hattie wore a famous blue dress when she accepted the award, so a blue was used throughout the website.

AnnieShaverCrandell.com →

Annie Shaver Crandell

Annie Shaver-Crandell needed a renovation to an aging website. We created a temporary one-page website while we work on the full website. This one page website has a slideshow of important works, a current listing of her shows, a portfolio, information about the artist and a contact form.

The design of the website captures the deep colors and texture of her paintings. She was formerly a professor of Art History, so her font is a throwback to the medieval period.

Nuovo.com →

Studio Nuovo

Studio Nuovo had a website that was nearly ten years old and was in need of a refresh. These talented artists required multiple styles of portfolios as well as a blog. Each artist had a unique style, so the overall styling of the website was neutral to support the variety of styles.

I created a custom WordPress theme utilizing the Envira Gallery plug-in to support their portfolios. I also provided them with training on how to update their portfolios through WordPress as well as create blogs.

SchipHillArt.com →

Judith Thompson

SchipHill Studio website

SchipHill Art is a studio where Judith Thompson paints beautiful oil paintings. She needed to upgrade her website to better serve her business needs. I built a multi-page website as well as the software to build a unique portfolio allowing her to show paintings in collections. A painting can be in one or more collections.

Stylistically, her artwork is strong, colorful and full of intricate patterns. The font, Medici Script, with it's lovely swashes and strong letters made a perfect match for the overall theme of her artwork. The dark red and light yellow enhance her artwork without overpowering it.

LyndaDurham.com →

Lynda Durham

Lynda Durham website

Lynda Durham is a talented professional artist who needed an internet presence to promote her artwork. To get her started, I built a one-page website to promote her commissioned pet portraits. She had three call-to-actions for visitors: peruse her portfolio, give her a call to start a commission and follow her on Instagram.

Stylistically, the font Present has lots of lively serifs, which fit perfectly with her portraits, which bring the subject to life. Her paintings are of a single subject and vertical in nature, so for the hero graphic, I put an example set of paintings on a wall.

ZimageryStudios.com →

Zimagery Studios

Check out a website coming soon

When you first hire me, I quickly put into place the "Coming Soon!" graphic for your domain. This builds the roads that will always be used for your website. It encourages search engines to stop by once in awhile to see when your full website appears.

clio.1happyplace.com →


Check out my open source project Clio

Clio is my open source software project. It is common for a software engineer to publish an open source project, in case any other software engineers can use the code. I have automated much of the administration of the 1 Happy Place servers, including deployment and updates of websites. This allows me to keep my costs low. Everything is done on the Linux command line, so I have published a library of PHP code that makes it much easier to build a command-line application.

Showroom Websites

I also have a set of sample websites you can take out for a spin. As shown above, each website I create is tailored for each client, but this set of websites will help generate ideas on what your website should do to fulfill your goals.

1happyartist.com →

1 Happy Artist

1 Happy Artist

1 Happy Artist demonstrates a portfolio for an artist, based on a custom website built from scratch. The example uses Monet as the artist, so the design of the website flows around his art. The logo, font, and colors chosen fade into the background so as not to detract from his amazing colors.

It is my passion to design a website for artists that allows the art or craft to be front and center and the website drifts into the background, much like a museum wall or pedestal displaying art.

1happysite.com →

1 Happy Site

1 Happy Site

1 Happy Site demonstrates a WordPress website with a custom theme demonstrating a blog. It has a full custom design, with colors, fonts, and a specialized layout to give a unique look and feel.

1happygallery.com →

1 Happy Gallery

1 Happy Gallery

1 Happy Gallery demonstrates a WordPress website utilizing the Envira Gallery plug-in to create galleries of images. This website is used to show clients who have chosen this option, the variety of galleries in which they can choose. This website has no custom design.

1happypage.com →

1 Happy Page

1 Happy Page

1 Happy Page demonstrates an extensive one page website that captures all the information needed for the visitor. It includes a sample portfolio and a contact form. This page allows the user to move down through the contents, rather than clicking to different pages. It has a full custom design to highlight the personality of the individual or business.

1happystart.com →

1 Happy Start

1 Happy Start

If you need an anchor website that ties together your internet presence or simply want to get off the ground quickly, 1 Happy Start is the best choice.