I have been expressing myself through art since early childhood. I am told that one of my earliest works was a much unappreciated lipstick mural on the wall at the age of two! I don’t remember any of that but after the mural I was encouraged to use crayons, finger paints & pencils on paper! I have been drawing & painting for as long as I can remember. At family gatherings relatives found it very entertaining to have me (as a very young child) quickly draw one animal caricature after another. If only I could be that entertaining now). My grandmother encouraged my interest in drawing and painting with an introduction to oil painting with a starter set when I was twelve. She was, at the time, trying her hand at painting classes.
Throughout my life I have experimented with soft & oil pastels, pen & ink, colored pencils, collage, oils & watercolors. In the past several years, I have taken some silversmithing classes. I have been designing & creating jewelry with precious metals, gemstones, vintage & artist made glass beads, incorporating my artwork into some of the pieces. I am also using a material called precious metal clay to sculpt one of a kind jewelry pieces. Precious metal clay is a clay with silver, bronze (or gold) particles suspended in an organic binder that burns off during a firing process, resulting in a solid piece of 100% fine silver, bronze (or gold).