A lifelong artist and entrepreneur, Alise loves nothing more than an adventure down a road not taken. This spirit of adventure and love of mystery has led Alise to explore new ways of making art by marrying what she loves most which is nature, photography, and working with new technologies to achieve what she sees in her imagination and feels in her bones.

December 26, 2013

It's show time!

 DEMDACO® Announces Partnership with

Artist Alise Sheehan for Wishnest™ Gift & Jewelry Collection


December 26, 2013Leawood, KS — DEMDACO®, the Leawood, Kansas-based design firm specializing in gift and home décor products, is pleased to announce a new partnership with artist Alise Sheehan to distribute the Wishnest™ line of gifts and jewelry.


DEMDACO is dedicated to sharing products that are innovative, inspiring and of exceptional quality. They believe in products that make an emotional connection with the person who purchases it or with the recipient of the thoughtful gift.

The Wishnest line of inspirational gifts is a premier addition to the Studio™ by DEMDACO brand, celebrating the philosophies shared by DEMDACO and artist Alise Sheehan.


“The partnership between Alise and DEMDACO is awonderful opportunity,” says Peter Friedmann, Vice President of Product Development for DEMDACO. “Many of us have been fans of the Wishnest line for quite some timeWe believe it’s a great alignment between our brands. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration as we build upon this strong retailing line. Wishnest is a perfect example of timeless gift solutions that speak to friendship and family.”


“I am absolutely thrilled about my collaboration with DEMDACO, says Alise Sheehan. It is exactly what I have been wishing for. It allows me to focus on designing beautiful products and expanding the inspiring messages of the Wishnest brand. This is my passion.”


Sheehan imagines and creates the Wishnest line of personable gifts, house blessings, tabletop accentsand jewelry as reminders to all to dream big and wish well and often for ourselves, our loved ones and for the world. The naturally inspired, organically styled designs are hand sculpted, then cast in lead-free pewter and combined with various materials including semi-precious stones.


Wishnest by Alise Sheehan is currently available for purchase by retailers and can be previewed in DEMDACO showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Denver. To make an appointment to visit one of our showrooms, or for more information and to order product, contact your Account Executive or DEMDACO Customer Care at 888.336.3226, or by visiting the DEMDACO web site at




In 1997, Demi and Dave Kiersznowski founded a companywith the desire to pursue business the way it ought to be done–with thoughtfulness, integrity and purpose.DEMDACO® is dedicated to sharing artist-driven gift and home décor products that are innovative, inspiring and of exceptional quality that tell—and create—a story.


The DEMDACO family of brands includes Willow Tree®, Studio by DEMDACO, Big Sky Carvers® by DEMDACO,Silvestri!® by DEMDACO, and Nat & Jules® by DEMDACO. DEMDACO products are sold primarily at specialty and independent retailers nationwide.


For more information about DEMDACO products, please contact Customer Care by phone at 888.336.3226,, or visit the DEMDACO web site at


About Alise Sheehan

Alise Sheehan is a creator, a designer and an inventor who is inspired by the natural beauty, the organic forms and the rich colors that abound in every season around her California home. Educated at Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Alisemajored in fine arts sculpture and dreamed of someday becoming a full time artist. It was her day-to-day work in real estate that fostered her creation of unique housewarming gifts for her clients and the beginning of her wish come true. Visit Alise’s Blog

December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From All of us in Healdsburg to you and 
Your family, wherever you are- may your days be merry and bright!

December 20, 2013

The winds- and the gifts of change

This has truly been a year of change. 
Most years are filled with ups and downs and adventure but this one has been about the gifts change can bring. Sometimes we are forced to change, sometimes we seek it out and other times it comes in with the wind, and gifts come into your life. This year has brought my beautiful grandaughter Sophia and the joy she has brought is all encompassing.
My relationship with DEMDACO is another gift - a change that I wished for and it came true! Now 2014 looks like it will also be filled with a theme of change and reinvention. I am open and ready to create positive changes in my own life also be a positive force for possibility and change. 

December 12, 2013

DEMDACO's Wishnest Dream team!

I am a very lucky girl to have this amazingly talented team working with me on Wishnest. Look for big things to come!

December 11, 2013

I'm on Another Big Adventure- this one with DEMDACO!

I have always been up for change and big adventure- and I am experiencing one of those right now! I am here at the headquarters for DEMDACO this week for their National Sales Meeting and yesterday gave a speech to 140 people in their organization. It went very well- everyone was inspired by my story which is all I could hope for. Everyone from the president to my product development team have been amazing and are treating me very well- how fun this is! I am learning so much about how successful licensing products can be for an artists. My wishes, which of course I placed in my own Wishnest- are coming true.
Be sure to wish well and wish often!!

December 5, 2013


It's the beginning of a new chapter for me and I'm so excited! Wishnest has been licensed by DEMDACO- the best possible gift company there is to work with and I am about to board a flight to Kansas City to present Wishnest to the entire sales team at thier national sales mtg. We launch the line at americasmart in January. 

December 3, 2013


In just a few days I fly to visit my beautiful grandaughter Sophia. I am also about to launch a brand new chapter in my life and career! Lots to celebrate and anticipate. More news to follow!

November 27, 2013

Thankful for Persimmons and so much more...

A friendly neighbor brought me these persimmons- in the perfect bowl they will make a great still life painting! Thankful for  all my neighbors, friends customers, colleagues and everyone who has brought me smiles, support - and persimmons!! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2013

A visit to San Francisco's Art Museums

It takes 1.5 or 2 hours to get there from Healdsburg but every time I go to San Francisco I feel overwhelmed with gratitude to live near such a fabulous city. Yesterday I visited 2 major art exhibits at equally impressive venues- the Hockney exhibit at The De Young in Golden Gate Park and Anders Zorn at The Palace of the Legion of Honor. There is no more beautiful site than on a sunny day at the latter which is perched on a hill overlooking the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. I went with my good friend Lorraine Vail which is always a day filled with art and magic. Anders Zorn was the wonderful surprise of the day- even though The Hockney exhibit was a treat- the ipad paintings ARE groundbreaking. This painting at the Zorn exhibit brought tears to my eyes- it was truly that powerful. See it if you can- its there till Feb 2.

November 18, 2013

Thank you thank you thank you!

So many things to be grateful for - and lots of amazing changes soon to come.
A big thank you to all of my wonderful customers because of you I am able to live my dream. You truly are a gift!

November 7, 2013

Wine country living

There is so much to love about living here in one of the most beautiful places in earth. I have traveled quite a bit and it really is at the top if the list. Sonoma county in the fall is quite a feast of color and the weather is Spectacular too. So I guess thats why I am inspired to create artwork about wine- and where there's wine there must be chocolate!

November 3, 2013


Had so much fun this weekend creating artwork on my iPad. It's a whole new world. I can now
do so many amazing things to bring my ideas and visions into reality. I have always taken photos wherever I go of anything I see that's unusual etc so I have a treasure chest of images as well as loving to paint.. It's all coming together. 

October 30, 2013

Abstract for Happiness

Painted this on my iPad and titled it Abstract for Happiness. So much fun. No paint. Wow -its a whole new world! A painting a day- that's my goal. Does not matter how small or large or what medium or subject- creating is what it's about. The practice is the goal- practicing for what comes through while practicing. Hmmm. 

September 25, 2013

The old oak tree and its visitors

Today we had a visit from a whole flock of Cedar Waxwings- very unusual looking- sort of like yellow blue jays with a batman mask. Love these guidebooks!

September 22, 2013

Mojo as a puppy

He was my little bear. He was a Shiba inu We were best buds and he was almost always by my side. When I came home he would talk to me in his Shiba language- if you have never heard a shiba inu talk- check it out in you tube- hilarious! 

Missing our dog Mojo

Mojo was our wonderful beloved dog -
We lost him to a sudden illness 2 days ago and are really very very sad not to have him here with us. Here's a card
I made for him. He is very happy with our two cats and a bird that helped him cross peacefully to the other side.

September 15, 2013

Where to begin the story...

I'm taking a memoir writing class so I dug out a buried box of my journals dating way way back to 1976. I have been  journaling most of my life. Perusing through them to see if anything seems like a good story to start with because I need to write something to share in class tomorrow. I am thinking of sharing pieces of older journal entries juxtaposed with what's happening now- looking for the seeds I planted way back then that led me here. Will be a good history lesson and walk down memory lane. I have always wanted my life to be exciting and meaningful. This quote by Helen Keller has pretty much been my mantra. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" So off I go in search of the beginning of the story. My Cat Casey is ready to jump in too!

September 7, 2013

A beautiful moment..

My handsome son and beautiful grandbaby! He is a wonderful father.

Checkout our tokens in Sundance catalog! 

September 3, 2013

Who doesn't love puppies!

This is a great idea- I would definitely visit " The puppy room" on
a regular basis!

September 1, 2013

Sausalito art festival

Gorgeous day - amazing artists here
Most from the Bay Area- we have a lot of creative talent around here! 

August 24, 2013

Painting workshop with Virgil Elliott

Learning about portrait painting from Virgil Elliott- a modern day master- lucky to have such great artists and teachers right here in Sonoma county! This is about halfway finished- my portrait of Lulu

August 17, 2013

Think Big!

Loved being at Armstrong redwoods today-
puts things in a whole new perspective- this tree is 1400 years old!

August 15, 2013

Cleaned it up!

My studio will probably never look like this again- but I'm feeling much better about creating in here!!

August 13, 2013


Been thinking about my creative process ... here is a brief overview how it typically goes..
well not always!

1. Feed my brain and my soul with beauty, light, music, great people, inspiring books, new places
2. Observe nature, birds of course, my cats, light and shadow on trees etc..
3. Take photos of strange and beautiful things that catch my attention
4. Journal about what's stirring around in my brain
5. Draw some really basic design ideas and show them to my husband who usually just says - cool
6. Sculpt something in clay, realize its not at all what I was thinking and start over..

August 8, 2013

Love a good challenge!

One more day to finish this still life- the blue bottle is a tough one, used every one of these brushes today!
Excited about how it's coming along.

Learning to paint in the style of the masters

Taking painting classes with Linda Schroeter- really loving this process - 3 different layers of color and tons of patience- here's my first finished piece

August 3, 2013

Back in the Studio To Sculpt!

Sculpture is the basis of The Wishnest Line and its what I love to do most when it comes to creating. I took a weekend workshop where a live model was provided (fabulous by the way!). The 3 other women in the workshop were way more experienced with figurative sculpture than I and were very inspiring and fun to be around. Learned so much and reconnected with the joy I get from getting my hands into some clay and creating!

July 24, 2013

Summer Blessings

The weather is amazing in Northern Cal this summer and so many other good things are happening too.
Our business is growing in a great way- I will be able to do lots more designing and creating which I am thrilled about! We have added an outlet to our website where we are selling some discontinued items such as these Luminaries- they are great for outdoor summer entertaining. My new grandaughter has the elephant one in her room as a nightlight!

July 10, 2013

Laughter truly is medicine!

I love to laugh and luckily I am married to a man that makes me laugh alot!  Having a fun summer, good to be home after visiting with my new GRANDAUGHTER SOPHIA!!! Now she really makes me laugh- and when she gets going laughing everybody laughs too. And she's just 5 months old. Truly contagious and wonderful.
Love.. Laughter.. Lucky...Life - all great L words!!

April 27, 2013

A bit late but Happy New Year!

Can getting past April 16 mean its the start of a new year? Feels like it to us here at Wishnest! Happy to be working on new products and here's a link to our new catalog. Oh and Happy Spring too- the flowers out here in Sonoma County are