Describe your artistic style. I would describe my style as being classic and clean with a bit of tropical flair!!!!
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I am most inspired by the beauty that surrounds me everyday right here where I live the sun, the sky, the sea and the vivid color and movement in nature.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? I love working with natural materials such as freshwater pearls, shell, wood and semi-precious stones.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Bronzed Bouquet
What inspired this design? I really love that cloisonné focal pendant and drew inspiration from the colors. I wanted to pair it with pearls to create a piece that was elegant, classic and fun.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? I didn't plan it out at all... it spoke to me once I picked up that focal... everything else just fell into place.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I started making jewelry a little over a year ago. It began with a simple DIY project that I started because I wanted to repair a broken necklace that was sentimental to me.
Who introduced you to beading? Myself actually... I sort of fell into it and a love affair started! :)
Do you have an artistic background? Yes, before making jewelry I did oil and acrylic painting, graphic art design, hand-painted t-shirts and hand-painted sandstone pendants.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Once I completed my first project, an internet search for more supplies led me to Fire Mountain Gems website. I was ready to try something else.
What other hobbies do you have? Painting, reading, writing poetry and short stories and learning new beading techniques.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Jewelry-making has become very important and is now a full-time career for me. I left my regular job and devoted my time and energy to doing something I love and enjoy and that I consider to be a gift that I unwrapped a little late, but just in the nick of time.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I sell my jewelry presently from home and from my website. I also consign and use local vendors, here in my home country, but I do hope to open my own shop in the near future. I am planning to enter contests starting with those from Fire Mountain Gems and my local craft fair is being held this November, which I do plan to participate in.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? Not at present, but I do plan on assisting our Humane Society with fund-raising very soon.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? Yes, never limit yourself... learn all you can, apply all that you've learned and develop yourself continuously. Be your own critic and your best supporter.