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After 30+ years in New York, from whence my original Etsy store began, I "moved back home" in 2013, to Little Rock, Arkansas, a place in which most of my artistic roots began--and remain.

My formal art training extended only through high school art courses (a LOT of them) but my INFORMAL training has never stopped. Despite having a couple of graduate degrees in fields that don't have obvious connections to what you see here, surviving through all of that education (and a few other "challenging" experiences thus far) required huge doses of "insanity prevention"--and art has provided that. In fact at one time my fellow NYC subway passengers (you see the same people often, if you keep a regular schedule) came to know me as that psychologist woman with the huge zip-lock full of gel pens and the sketch book . . . If you go with the flow of the jarring, banging train on the tracks, I've found you can get…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 26
  • Joined January 21, 2007

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mixed media, paper, fabric, ink, acrylics, watercolor, photography, beads, polymer clay, calligraphy, found objects, recyclables, repurposing

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About

After 30+ years in New York, from whence my original Etsy store began, I "moved back home" in 2013, to Little Rock, Arkansas, a place in which most of my artistic roots began--and remain.

My formal art training extended only through high school art courses (a LOT of them) but my INFORMAL training has never stopped. Despite having a couple of graduate degrees in fields that don't have obvious connections to what you see here, surviving through all of that education (and a few other "challenging" experiences thus far) required huge doses of "insanity prevention"--and art has provided that. In fact at one time my fellow NYC subway passengers (you see the same people often, if you keep a regular schedule) came to know me as that psychologist woman with the huge zip-lock full of gel pens and the sketch book . . . If you go with the flow of the jarring, banging train on the tracks, I've found you can get pretty good at drawing a straight line sitting in a crowded subway car moving at full speed . . .

The works you see here are not restricted to a certain medium; I go through "phases" of having a certain preference for a material, tool, or activity (photography, drawing, painting, airbrush, sculpture, needlework, beadwork, it goes on . . . )--sometimes even exchanging one style for another (whatever I most want to do to create at the time). One of the many things I have learned from art--and from artists--is that art is EVERYWHERE--in the strivings and repeated drafts and corrections of exacting professional technicians, smears and scribbles of a two year old, trees, rocks, mud puddles on a woodland trail, paint dribbles, oil-spots, shadows, urban sidewalk cracks . . . It is not so much whether or not it's there as it is how much we invest in learning to find it . . .

One thing you should know about much of the work you will see here is that many of the physical objects represent attempts to capture in a single place/time, things and ideas that otherwise would be transient. The representation is a record intended to capture the image of the actual original object/situation/idea which in this temporal world is impermanent, in transition, dynamic, and/or not particularly amenable to permanence (like various kinds of liquid media diffusing into other liquids, patterns made by wind, or visual symbols for ideas or feelings). The record is not the object, but only one moment's approximate view of it. Like failing to write down particularly good phrases, lines for poems, pithy sayings, etc., if the record is not made, frequently the subject/object/idea changes, disappears, or simply gets lost to memory.

In other cases, what you see is really all there is, was, and has ever been intended!

People have asked (of course) whether the name of this "store" is more about "urban, street, like SIDEwalk," or if it refers to the classic rock song lyric about a walk in a certain (Wild Side) mode . . . The answer from me is: that's not up to me, I only know what it is for me--what it is for you is only up to YOU.

Hope you enjoy what you see; let me hear from you, thumbs up or thumbs down, as well as (feel free) with any inquiries about "special orders" (which not only "don't upset us," we would actually be delighted to create them!). If you have a fabric swatch to match, a theme you want to express in a unique piece of art/accessories, please don't hesitate to ask.

Most importantly, thank you for taking the time and energy to look at the wealth of works on this website, which is truly amazing.

Light and Life,

The WildSideWalk

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