I am a Kentucky girl through and through - born in Paducah, and raised in Eminence and Lebanon. Like most kids, I was introduced to art in elementary school. Going to the art room was always something special for me. I loved getting my hands dirty with clay, painting and drawing. But, since my dad was an engineer and I was good at math, I always thought I'd be an architect.
To this end, I took mostly construction, drafting and other classes in middle and high school in order to prepare myself for college classes. However, during the summer of 1992 I attended the Governor's Scholars Program at Centre College. I then began to focus on drama and the arts. After a meeting with the Dean of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, I found that I needed to take an art class in high school. With my love of art rekindled, I decided to study art in college and attended Campbellsville University where I focused on painting, sculpture and art history.
With my background in painting (usually with vivid colors straight from the tube) my jewelry designs tend to be bold, if not a little eclectic. In addition to this, I enjoy knowing that pieces are hand-made. When I purchase another artisan’s piece, I like seeing the hammer marks or wire wrapping. It’s like part of them was left in my jewelry. While I go for a finished, professional-looking piece, leaving that mark or part of me in my designs reminds wearers that my hands made their pieces.
I read a lot of magazines and books about bead-weaving techniques, but it’s not until I begin a piece that I know where I’m going. I might do a rough sketch of a piece, but I mostly make one of a kind works that are created on the fly. Working this way allows for greater creativity and often leads me in unexpected directions.
I currently reside in Lebanon, KY, where I work out of my studio and am the proud mother of a budding artist named Amber. Recurring themes in my work are texture and color. Fun and funk are what drive me!