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Several years ago, a friend invited me to attend a green festival in Chicago. The environment was important to me but not my life's objective, I was curious. It was there I realized recycled materials could be given creative life, I was inspired. The endless possibilities left me feeling a greater connection to my world, I was hooked.

I became energized by my green path and more focused on art. It was challenging to open up that side of me and express my creativity. These raw materials at my disposal wouldn't leave me alone. It was difficult, being a stay-at-home mom, to afford tools and materials or really invest in art as a hobby. My household consumables with the help of just a sander were re-purposed; my art was unique and gave me a feeling of surprise. It began with a beat up skateboard. I was fascinated by how simple yet beautiful the piece and its layers worked together to…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 14
  • Joined February 17, 2012

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skateboards, vinyl, buttons, clay, stained glass, wood

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About

Several years ago, a friend invited me to attend a green festival in Chicago. The environment was important to me but not my life's objective, I was curious. It was there I realized recycled materials could be given creative life, I was inspired. The endless possibilities left me feeling a greater connection to my world, I was hooked.

I became energized by my green path and more focused on art. It was challenging to open up that side of me and express my creativity. These raw materials at my disposal wouldn't leave me alone. It was difficult, being a stay-at-home mom, to afford tools and materials or really invest in art as a hobby. My household consumables with the help of just a sander were re-purposed; my art was unique and gave me a feeling of surprise. It began with a beat up skateboard. I was fascinated by how simple yet beautiful the piece and its layers worked together to form an imperfect piece; my definition of art.

When I worked on my first project, an expressive energy consumed me. I felt relaxed and my mind was free and crazy creative. The materials seemed to be working through me and taking on new life using me as a tool.

I have developed a greater respect for "trash/waste" and its new life I have created. My expression has given it more value, not less. All the recent green and eco-friendly lifestyle changes have embraced me and my art. If feels good to be connected with a movement that understands and benefits all creation; by recreating and restoring us and the world and environment in which we live. This makes me feel grounded and at peace, but still very creative.

There is beauty to be seen in all. With the use of physical and emotional tools, I am able to uncover what lies beneath the surface, exposing colors and a more natural existence. Strange, somehow my work seems to uncover what lies within me.

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