Describe your artistic style. Colorful, very detailed.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? Art Noveau, Pre Raphelite are and often a good measure of silliness.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Delicas and seed beads.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? The Kiss
What inspired this design? The painting by Gustav Klimt, (The Kiss.)
How did it come together? The bead which I used as a cab had the design elements of Gustav's painting, (i.e. the golds and squares). I thought the 2 would work well together. The trick was getting the panel and the beaded cab to fit well and balance.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? Been beading 25+ years, mostly self taught.
Who introduced you to beading? Learned from books.
Do you have an artistic background? As a musician.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? Seems like I knew Fire Mountain forever… been so long being their customer, (and they were also a customer of mine buying my books.)
What other hobbies do you have? Cooking.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? I work at is as much as possible. While a "part-time career," I nearly devote full time to it.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I do local art and wine festivals, and have a web site. www.beadedbear.com. I hate contests as a rule. This is the 2nd contest I have entered, many of my customers have won ribbons with my designs.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? What charities I contribute to, I do so quietly and often anonymously, and prefer to keep it that way.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? First and foremost to love what you do. On an hourly basis you are better off working at a minimum wage job, so you must love your art. Be inspired by beauty and fun, that energy will go into your piece much better than anger and sadness. Who wants to buy that later?