Having grown up in a landlocked state in the U.S.A., I used to dream of living near the ocean. During holidays to the seaside I spent my days collecting shells — little pieces of “art from the earth”. My dream came true when I moved to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand in 2002. The next year, my husband and I built a house in Agnes Water, Australia and I divide my time between here and NZ.
I find all shells fascinating and beautiful, so I started to assemble them and frame them as artwork. At first I lined up perfect examples of various kinds, as a sort of shell sampler. Next I created patterns consisting entirely of shells. My work now involves a combination of shells and intricate designs. I begin by gluing shells to white paper in a pattern, then add colors using paint, markers, gel pens and metallic ink. When starting a new piece, I may or may not have an idea in mind. It’s fun…
- Born on October 29
- Joined August 10, 2010