A Bit About Me
I’ve actually dabbled in art all my life; watercolors, pastels, pen and ink, and so many more ways of expressing myself! My full time jobs, however, were parenting and teaching. These were careers in which I could be artistic and creative while helping my children and students feel the pleasure of expressing themselves through writing, drawing, singing, and other ways. Well, my children moved away, and I retired from teaching, and there I was, with the rest of my life laid out before me.
I started taking metalsmith classes at our local bead store and art association. VOILA! I felt pure pleasure in every moment of hammering, drilling, soldering, sawing, enameling, and all the amazing techniques I have been learning over the past many years. It was about 2 years into this journey that I discovered, quite by mistake, that my pieces were unique enough that I could sell them. After doing a few small art fairs, my pieces were being carried by three local galleries. The juried art fairs I was accepted into became larger and larger and more per season. I began to do just art fairs. And then, the pandemic hit.
All art fairs were cancelled. We were required to shelter in place. I began making so much jewelry in my home studio but had nowhere to sell them. So, here I am. My online shop, photographs taken by me (Sorry about the quality! I am NOT a photographer.), everything I would have displayed over the summer now laid out online. Who knows where this will lead? Who knows what will happen in the future? For now, I am again enjoying each moment.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my pieces. Each one has a story, an inspiration, a love of technique, and at the end of making it, an exclamation of, “Huh, I made that!” moment.
Images In Metal