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I grew up in a small town in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. I left my beloved valley of agriculture and scenic views for the vast windy reaches of Cheyenne Wyoming for my college career and for several years of my blossoming adulthood. My husband and I were happy but my mountains kept calling so we made the move to be close to them once again, this time in Colorado Springs.
Creativity and art have been a passion and priority all my life. My life is a history of finding new ways to be creative. There was throwing pottery and oil pastels in middle school. High school and college were dedicated to music and my Fine Arts Degree. As a fresh-faced adult, I found photography deeply fulfilling. After that I learned the joys of leather working.
Most recently, I have become enraptured with the art of wire wrapping and jewelry making. I have taken knowledge and wisdom from each of these arts and used them in life and in learning new crafts. And I still practice and enjoy many of these today.I started wire working in December of 2017, learning the craft through self-teaching and the vast knowledge of Youtube. Once I started I found the mix of attention to detail, artistic freedom and opportunity to indulge in my inherited love of rocks addictive.
I was also pleased to find that it was a more easily sustainable craft than some of my other hobbies especially when it comes to experimenting with new techniques. I have no real formal art background or education- but art is ingrained in my very being.
Personal Mission Statement
Growing up always feeling like an ugly duckling in a painful grey world I’ve always strived to find those small moments of beauty and color and kindness that go unnoticed by most. These moments are powerful and potent. They can change a person’s outlook on the world or even their outlook on themselves.
As I grew older I realized I had the amazing power to capture this beauty and even create it myself. I could make someone see themselves in a new light with a photograph showing them in a moment of honest joy with love shining in their eyes. I could move a person to tears or elation with a heartfelt song. I could make a person, who saw themselves as an ugly duckling, be just a little bit more comfortable in their own skin with a beautiful piece of jewelry. And once I realized this, that’s all I wanted to do with my life.
As cliché as it sounds, I want to make the world a more beautiful place and make the people in it feel as beautiful as they really are.