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I am a born artist and this is the current incarnation of my creative efforts, I can not be creative as much as I can not breathe and still live. It is in my DNA. I would to be able to make my avocation my vocation, but the Universe needs me elsewhere for the time being.

My first creative efforts were with a needle and thread and I predominantly worked in various textile mediums for many years; sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel, and macrame. If it involved a needle and/or thread in any way, I have probably done it at least a few times. About 15 yrs ago a friend recommended that I read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and uncovered a hidden desire to paint. Because I have a tendency to like rules I selected watercolor as my medium to force me out of my comfort zone. I painted with watercolor for several years and had a modicum of success…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 5
  • Joined June 30, 2012

Favorite materials

semi precious beads, Swarovski crystals, Tibetan silver plate beads, copper beads, Czech crystals and seed beads, Majestic crystals, ceramic

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About

I am a born artist and this is the current incarnation of my creative efforts, I can not be creative as much as I can not breathe and still live. It is in my DNA. I would to be able to make my avocation my vocation, but the Universe needs me elsewhere for the time being.

My first creative efforts were with a needle and thread and I predominantly worked in various textile mediums for many years; sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel, and macrame. If it involved a needle and/or thread in any way, I have probably done it at least a few times. About 15 yrs ago a friend recommended that I read "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron and uncovered a hidden desire to paint. Because I have a tendency to like rules I selected watercolor as my medium to force me out of my comfort zone. I painted with watercolor for several years and had a modicum of success. Then, life happened.

No longer having space in a home for a studio, nor even space for a breakfast table upon which to paint as well as no time, my creativity was put on the shelf for a while. I was fortunate enough to find employment that allowed me a great deal of color creativity by having me help people select paint colors for their homes. After several years of just barely making ends meet our finances once again began to look up and we again had just a bit of 'disposable income' for me to explore a creative outlet.

It began with a fashion emergency. I needed a green necklace as just the right accent to complete a particular outfit, the occasion for which is long forgotten. I searched my usual haunts for just the right shades of green in a necklace. Everything I found was either too blue or too yellow or too lime. I realized I was searching for something in the olivey-green tones. Frustrated in my fruitless forays, I decided to make a necklace myself. "Just how difficult could it be to string a few beads?", I thought.

What I was not prepared for, however, was how utterly and hopelessly addicted I would be before I even finished stringing that necklace. One step into a local bead shop, the one in the so-called 'artsy' area, was all it took. I knew I was home; really home. More at home than I'd ever felt before among any medium I had ever used. My soul had found a home.

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