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My love of art has been dominant throughout my life, even though I took the path of a nurse in my undergraduate years. I worked as a nurse for ten years after I graduated, and feel that this life experience makes me well rounded now. I've seen a lot. During my years as a R.N., I applied to graduate school at Fontbonne University for their Masters program in Art- I had taken supplemental classes from the point when I graduated with my B.S.N. until I applied to Fontbonne.

I remember visiting Fontbonne, and longing to create work like I saw in the graduate studios- I was in awe of the talent that I saw there. I remember being in love with paintings at that time, and I would still consider myself to be primarily a painter and a fine artist. I was accepted and attended school at Fontbonne for two years, while working full time at one of our local Children's Hospitals. Looking back, those were two of the…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 17
  • Joined April 16, 2007

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Sterling Silver, Gemstones, Crystals, Gold, Karen Hill Tribe Silver, Leathers, Shell, Artisan Charms, Thread, Trade beads, Resin, Wood, Nature Objects

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My love of art has been dominant throughout my life, even though I took the path of a nurse in my undergraduate years. I worked as a nurse for ten years after I graduated, and feel that this life experience makes me well rounded now. I've seen a lot. During my years as a R.N., I applied to graduate school at Fontbonne University for their Masters program in Art- I had taken supplemental classes from the point when I graduated with my B.S.N. until I applied to Fontbonne.

I remember visiting Fontbonne, and longing to create work like I saw in the graduate studios- I was in awe of the talent that I saw there. I remember being in love with paintings at that time, and I would still consider myself to be primarily a painter and a fine artist. I was accepted and attended school at Fontbonne for two years, while working full time at one of our local Children's Hospitals. Looking back, those were two of the best years of my life- I was immersed in art and I studied painting with the best students and teachers in the area. My growth as a painter and artist surpassed my goals, as I worked very hard to be the type of artist that can think conceptually while rendering objects and figures in the traditional manner.

About a year after I had my second son in 2010, an opportunity arose to create jewelry when a good friend of mine suggested I make work for her boutique- 'Sei Bella'. I started giving jewelry designing a try, and found that there was a lot of crossover from my years as a painter. There is a lot to consider in this completely different medium and also the complexities of running a business. There have been many good surprises, and much opportunity for learning. I discovered that this medium (jewelry designing, working with beads, metal-smithing) allows me to create faster, and think in three dimensions, rather than the preferred two dimensional works I have done in the past.

I am challenged in new ways as I have to try to keep up with trends, and the 'fashion industry', and then put my own creative spin on each individual piece.

Working with jewelry lets me explore color interactions (which is a focus of mine in my 2d work), and the interactions of shapes, and symmetry in wearable art. I love contrasts, with delicate flow, and things that are feminine in nature. Also, I find that the work is more accessible to the general population, rather than a small group of wealthy individuals.

A new aesthetic has emerged, and I find myself very inspired by the natural work I am seeing on so many lovely etsy shops- and I feel that I can additionally bring work to others with earth elements... work that touches the soul of the viewer, the patron, the yoga lover, or the unique individual. I tend to stay away from anything that has a manufactured or glitzy feel to it.

I strive to make things with excellent craftsmanship and with heart. I try to create wearable pieces that have a specific meaning to the wearer, or are symbolic in nature. I look for things that are uncommon, whether they be antique, global, or original. I include earth elements (I am talking about gems, stones, shells, etc.) in many of my pieces, and I am one of those people that believes that different stones have different properties for healing. It is intriguing to find that certain cultures of past and/or present value certain stones or minerals for different reasons. Even if you are not a believer in this sort of thing, I still feel that the design, color aesthetic, and harmony of materials should speak to you in a unique way.

Please check out my new supply store: IZUSA, which means 'white stone'. (Native American Indian)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/izusa

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