Describe your artistic style. I range from simple to complicated but I am consistently meticulous and detail-oriented.
What inspires you as a designer-artist? I'm inspired by things in nature, especially birds. Most of my designs originate when I see a specific color or texture outdoors. I also love colored glass and tricks of refracted light.
What materials do you most enjoy working with? Glass, stone, silver and bone.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Stone Sophisticate
What inspired this design? The aqua terra jasper centerpiece--I like using a delicate color to make a bold statement.
How did it come together? For example, did you plan it out or did it define itself once you began working? I selected elements based on color and curve. Although many of the lines are simple, I felt the silver scrollwork in the center accented the curves in the serpentine in such a way as to warm up the whole design. I liked the challenge of combining opposite ideas into a harmonious whole. Once I chose the components, the composition fell into place naturally.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading? I began at the age of nine with a pair of tweezers. I used those for about two years before someone took pity on me and donated a pair of pliers!
Who introduced you to beading? My aunt.
Do you have an artistic background? Yes. My family is full of artists, including multiple jewelry makers.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®? From the ads in beading magazines.
What other hobbies do you have? I also paint with acrylics on glass and enjoy needlework.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life? Jewelry-making is a wellspring of creativity for me. It is the one thing I always have abundant ideas for and never get tired of. It is a relief to go to the jewelry bench and always find reward there.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry? I do sell my work, online and through word-of-mouth. I sometimes sell limited lines at boutiques in my town, sometimes at craft fairs. (I work an additional full-time job.)
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers? I occasionally contribute pieces to benefit non-profit organizations.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists? The only way to achieve success is to continually work for it. Find what is unique about you and push it as far as you can.