For as long as I can remember, I have been attracted to vivid colors and intricate pattern and detail. I have always been fascinated by mosaics, quilts, kaleidoscopes, beads, and anything else colorful and sparkly.
I grew up in Sonoma County, California, in an environment that encouraged creativity. Our house had an “art room” where my mother painted. In that room, full of art supplies and found objects, my passion to create was fueled.
Prior to begining my jewelry business, I worked for ten years as a graphic artist and technical illustrator. I quit working to stay home with my two children. After that, my artistic journey took on new directions.
I took many classes and experimented with pastels, ceramics, quilting, mosaics, knitting, and beadwork. In 1995 I saw some polymer clay beads made using the millefiori technique. My jaw dropped! I HAD to know how to make them! My then nine-year-old daughter and I took a class in basic caning techniques in polymer clay at a local bead store. The rest, as they say, is history!
It has been my passion for color and pattern that drew me to polymer clay as the perfect medium for my creative expression. The intensely saturated colors and the technical detail I can achieve with polymer clay, combined with the wonderful tactile experience of the clay in my hands, have me hooked!
In my art, I want to convey the joy of simple, everyday things in life, and I hope that others will experience the same delight when they see my work.