I grew up on the central coast of California in an artistic and science driven home environment. My parents encouraged us to learn new things and to explore our world. I was provided with materials, tools and support.
My mother was a fiber artist and a beader, she also had multiple degrees in mathematics and in science. Her home studio was small but every square inch was utilized for her craft. I remember coming home from school as a child and going out to the garage to find my mother at one of her looms. Weaving the fabric that she would later turn into an amazing and colorful garment with plenty of pockets. She taught me how to make jewelry and bought me my first chainmaille kit that we worked on together. When she passed away in 2012 from breast cancer, I started a small business making chanimaille jewelry and selling it to anyone who was interested. The business wasn’t really for profit, it was an outlet for grief but it allowed me to continue paying for materials and gave me good homes to send my work off to. Like a shelter for artwork: “Indoor chainmaille, potty trained, in need of a good home.”
My Dad is also artistic; he mainly works in wood, but also dabbles in everything else. He is an avid gardener, and is constantly working on projects around the house and yard. He has been fostering my artistic development since childhood. Enthusiastic when I succeed and analytical about any setbacks.
Over the years my tangled journey through school and across country has helped me to gain a wide variety of mostly unrelated skills. I have worked as a theater technician doing set design, lighting, scenic painting and carpentry. I have worked in wineries and tasting rooms selling a product that mostly sells itself. Most recently, I have covered the cost of living by mounting prints and building signs for small businesses in Orange County. Even with all of that, I come home at the end of the day and want to make art.
When someone asks me what I like to do with my free time, a very personal question, I respond by telling them that I like to make things. This sounds very general, but it is the most honest reply. Creating is vital to my existence. Sometimes I even develop a concept first. Mostly it comes out before I am even sure why.
Enjoy and don’t be a stranger.