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I have been an artist most of my life, though for possibly the last half my life it has become important in a spiritual way. I was raised on the shores of Lake Michigan and actually my childhood existence was a singular experience. My sister and I were four years apart, our childhood experiences were completely different, and so our personalities.

I observed and lived with the cycles of nature and discovered that it would be a lifelong comfort. Making Japanese paper is a reflection of using the materials that mother nature gave us. I also love drawing and painting raptors-I find them completely mysterious and powerful.

When I started working with parrots and realized that people work with parrot feathers and use them for all sorts of creative endeavors, Ah Ha! Except I found no one wanted cockatoo or African Grey feathers because they were too boring, SO~…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 15
  • Joined June 24, 2009

Favorite materials

paper fiber, garden flowers, conte crayon, watercolor, cameras, fabrics, soft lead pencils, different types of handmade paper, feathers, beautiful vintage clothing and jewelry

About

I have been an artist most of my life, though for possibly the last half my life it has become important in a spiritual way. I was raised on the shores of Lake Michigan and actually my childhood existence was a singular experience. My sister and I were four years apart, our childhood experiences were completely different, and so our personalities.

I observed and lived with the cycles of nature and discovered that it would be a lifelong comfort. Making Japanese paper is a reflection of using the materials that mother nature gave us. I also love drawing and painting raptors-I find them completely mysterious and powerful.

When I started working with parrots and realized that people work with parrot feathers and use them for all sorts of creative endeavors, Ah Ha! Except I found no one wanted cockatoo or African Grey feathers because they were too boring, SO~

This became a fun challenge! How to change the ugly duckling into the beautiful swan.....

The personalities of these parrots are hard to describe to someone who has never owned birds or this particular kind of bird. But to put it mildly, their feathers should be the colors of the rainbow if indeed feathers reflect the nature of the bird. And it is always a challenge to recycle something that is thrown away and reinvent it into something decorative and beautiful!

I own a rescued African Grey Parrot and I have worked with a number of rescued Cockatoos. I have owned the same birds for thirty years. Their incredible spirit has affected my life in many ways and I can honestly say they have pulled me through tough times. At certain moments, I figured that if they could tolerate captivity--well, so could I and if we stuck together, we would all find a better place. And we did.

So if you buy these wonderful one of a kind hand marbled feathers you can be assured that creating them was a loving joint effort and that whatever you use them for will be a success.

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