Hi! My name is Chelsea, pictured above with my best friend and partner, John. We’re native Michiganders living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, sharing a passion for the Great Lakes and a Northern outdoors lifestyle.

A few years ago, I started The Big Lake with a few watercolor paintings and prints of Michigan and the Great Lakes. At the time, John and I were busy studying and working in grad school, and I began running my online shop as a side business to help with the cost of books. As time went on, I started adding new paintings, designs, and products, and was contacted by a few Michigan retail shops interested in carrying my pieces. I absolutely loved meeting people from all across the Great Lakes region and beyond who connected with my work and this special place, and decided to expand my offerings and brand.

Nearing graduation, we made the decision to move to the U.P. from the lower peninsula. I left my teaching position and put all of my creative efforts in The Big Lake while John began his professional career. Together we’ve committed to celebrating an “Up North” lifestyle through our work and mini-adventures (read more about those through John’s blog, The Flannel Dispatch). We absolutely adore it here in the U.P., and it is our mission to write, create, and share our Northern, outdoorsy, and Great Lakes lifestyle.

We hope you’ll join us in “living the Great life,” thanks for stopping by!