“People like you must create.  If you don’t… you will become a menace to society.”

—A quote from the novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple, and an apt description of my artistic journey.

I’ve been an artist/creator/maker for as long as I can remember.  I won coloring and art contests as a child, blue ribbons for my artwork at the county fair, and was voted “Most Artistic” in my high school graduating class.  I was always drawing, doodling, beading, sculpting, painting, sewing, collaging… CREATING.  I took formal art lessons from around 10 years old until I graduated high school and studied drawing, charcoal, chalk pastel, watercolor, and colored pencil.  I was awarded a fine art scholarship to Seattle Pacific University where I continued to further my artistic education, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Apparel Design and Fine Art.  While in college I worked for a local artisan jewelry designer in the areas of design, production, and marketing.  Upon graduation I was offered a job at a small, high-end children’s clothing company where I worked as an Assistant Designer.   Up until recently, I taught fine art part-time for nearly 4 years at a privately owned art school for children and adults.  I’ve recently stepped back from teaching to focus on homeschooling my own three children, and to further pursue my own artistic endeavors.  


My current artistic passions include Expressionistic oil painting and creating high-vibration jewelry.  For me, good art walks the line between showcasing skill and embodying substance.  I want something to be beautiful, but I also want it to evoke emotion and be meaningful.  I try to convey both in my paintings and in my jewelry, which is made using semi-precious gemstones handpicked for their meanings, quality copper and sterling silver metals, and features inspirational Latin phrases.  Each piece is made to empower the wearer and imbue them with the unique properties and energies of the natural elements used to create them.    

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