My art started to develop and manifest in 2004, when my son was in 4th grade. He had a year-long project in history which required him to make a Virginia history scrapbook. Because of this project, I visited my first scrapbook store, trying to find supplies for the assignment.
Once I entered the store, a new world of creative energy opened for me. I fell in love with the specialty papers, jewels, decorative pieces, charms and other embellishments. I think they were putting something special in the air in that store, because the effect was like a drug — I was hooked!
It wasn't long before I had a wonderful collection of specialty papers and an entire room in our house devoted as my art studio (it's now more than one room). I began by creating mandalas from hand-cut papers, then branched out into acrylic painting, experimenting with textures, layering, finishes and brush techniques.
All my original art is rich multi-media — I feel you can never have too many jewels, sparkles or flourishes. Everywhere I go, I look for interesting objects to use in my next piece. I've also developed a line of "reproductions" of my originals — presented in a special process that infuses the image on shimmering metal. Spectacular!
And I'm happy to say that my art has gone to many places, having been purchased by people all around the world.