I began my professional career as a computer engineer and worked in high-tech for 20 years. It was rewarding and I enjoyed it very much. Changing careers never entered my mind until I was laid off during the great recession of 2009. A world of possibilities opened up. Could I travel a completely different road? Could I turn my jewelry making hobby into a business? Could I make jewelry that was art?
I believe I was a “maker” long before the term was coined but I never considered myself an artist. I believed that artists were born, not made. I have since discovered that many different paths can make one an artist as long as you love what you do and work hard to grow and improve.
Now I am working full-time as an artist and am selling my work at juried art fairs all along the Front Range. I am thrilled to be exhibiting at the Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, CO and to be an active member of the Firehouse Art Center, East Boulder County Artists Association, Prospect Artists Association, Mile High Polymer Clay Guild, Longmont Polymer Clay Guild and to be the current president of the Rocky Mountain Bead Society.
My medium of choice is polymer clay. Polymer is a miraculous material that can do just about anything. It is compatible with so many art products from across the mixed-media spectrum that the sky is the limit for my creative impulses. Some of my favorite materials to work with on polymer include acrylic paint, ink, metal leaf, pastel, mica powder and resin. In addition, I often use leather and semi-precious gemstones in my finished work. I am primarily inspired by color and texture. I approach my work with a spirit of experimentation and play, many times without an end result in mind. Often enough, the clay and I take a joyful journey together and end up somewhere new and unexpected.