I grew up creating because I enjoyed it and because there wasn't much else to do. I like experimenting, tinkering, and dabbling all driven by the challenge making it myself with a twist that was all mine. I first started my interest in formal creativity through hair, yes, I said hair. Hair is more than the stuff hanging by the roots from your head, it's a fiber and can be shaped and manipulated to do just about anything. As a cosmetology student, I loved to create new hair styles and competed in a few competitions. An art form of its own and I've have seen some amazing artists that deserve to be in the spot light. Not me though... it was too new and unknown for me at the time.
I've been making jewelry since 2004 as a hobby while raising children and ministering to clients in a wig business I owned for over seventeen years. I witnessed and supported many heartbreaking stories during my years as a wig consultant. It was through those years; I had a desire to express the plights of those suffering in silence unjustly. I took a few classes and watched a few video, but mostly I saw things I was attracted to, figured it out, and made my own version of it.
Through the years I've dabbled in all sorts of jewelry making styles and techniques. With the encouragement of family and friends I casually began to sell my jewelry locally to friends, at local businesses, and the like. It was a lot of hard work and taught me plenty. My grandmothers influenced me to appreciate antiques and vintage. I think it was more for the longing to be with them that I treasured the things they used, wore, or owned that reminded me of being with them. This love of old things grew and I soon discovered a costume jewelry designer by the name of Miriam Haskell (July 1, 1899 – July 14, 1981). I love her large statement pieces, her choice of out of the box themes and colors. I am fascinated by her work and how the world at her time responded to it. I consider myself a down to earth person and being outdoors is part of what makes me happy. A walk in the woods is like a magical wonderland. While in the woods, I am in awe and easily get distracted with closer examinations of nature's textures, colors, and forms and often come home with a collectible from nature.
I found my artistic voice when all of these areas of life experiences, curiosities, and collectibles collided. I discovered I could have voice through jewelry. A silent but visible form of communication, using shapes, symbols, colors, textures, and form to express feeling, or message. I have expanded the scale and forms of my creative expression. I use recycled materials in most of my work and display them in our home and yard, which we call "the crows nest". I am fortunate to have an art partner who is also an engineer, my husband Ed makes sure all my big ideas are structurally sound and achievable.
I have participated in many arts and crafts shows and have exhibited my work in galleries with positive responses. I look forward to sharing my various art forms and exhibiting in galleries throughout the world in the near future. There are so many stories to tell, but the ones I personally like telling are the ones that belong to others. It’s a joy to connect people and facilitate the feeling of being a part of something they value. If you'd like to have a conversation with me about creating a special piece for you, contact me.
Art In The Community
Supporting our community through art work or handcrafted is is important to us. Here you can see some larger things we've in our community either in outdoor art, public space, private resident homes, or businesses. We welcome opportunities to work on collaborative projects for the common good.
- "A Good Day Fishing" is a large outdoor functional recycled art piece dedicated to veterans at Camp Breac, a fly fishing community for our military, veterans, and their families with the mission of conservation of natural resources, the arts, & education. Camp Breac is located on Spring Creek in Bellefonte, PA. Learn more watch this video
- Gray Farm Tables - though we are not in the furniture business we have made and refurbished lots of furniture. These are particularly special to us because my husband Ed handmade 16 eight foot custom gray farm tables and 32 benches for our daughters wedding. I was the finisher, developed the white wash technique and application to bring out their beauty. Around the same time Axemann Brewery was slated to open in the area. Well, needless to say Rod, the owner, thought they'd fit beautifully in the upper loft room. Learn more here
As a juried artist my art jewelry has been exhibited in the following galleries. I welcome the opportunity to work with curators to exhibit my work.
- Penn State Humpday Gallery, University Park, PA
- The Station Gallery, Lockhaven, PA
- The Art Alliance of Central PA, Lemont, PA
- Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
- The Art Alliance Downtown, State College, PA
- Penn State Hub Robeson Gallery, University Park, PA
I've had the privilege to have my art jewelry featured in several media sources, I've truly enjoyed working with with interviewer. I welcome the opportunity to work with media to showcase or feature my work.
- Centre Daily Times
- Centre County Gazette
- State College Magazine
- Art Buyers Guide of Central PA
- We Are Central PA
- Centre Of It All