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My love of art has been dominant throughout my life, even though I was a nurse for 10 years after graduating from the University of Kansas. I feel this life experience makes me well rounded now-as I've seen much joy and heartache.

Shortly after graduation, I enrolled in art classes, eventually finding my way to Fontbonne University where I studied with some of the best instruction in the city and worked alongside some of the most talented students I've ever known. Even today, they still inspire me.

My growth as a painter and artist at Fontbonne surpassed my goals, as I worked very hard to keep up with the extreme talent that was born there, and to be the type of artist that can think conceptually while rendering objects and figures in the traditional manner.
I received my M.F.A. in 2001…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 17
  • Joined April 16, 2007

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Sterling Silver, Gemstones, Crystals, Gold, Karen Hill Tribe Silver, Leathers, Shell, Artisan Charms, Thread, Trade beads, Resin, Wood, Nature Objects

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About

My love of art has been dominant throughout my life, even though I was a nurse for 10 years after graduating from the University of Kansas. I feel this life experience makes me well rounded now-as I've seen much joy and heartache.

Shortly after graduation, I enrolled in art classes, eventually finding my way to Fontbonne University where I studied with some of the best instruction in the city and worked alongside some of the most talented students I've ever known. Even today, they still inspire me.

My growth as a painter and artist at Fontbonne surpassed my goals, as I worked very hard to keep up with the extreme talent that was born there, and to be the type of artist that can think conceptually while rendering objects and figures in the traditional manner.
I received my M.F.A. in 2001.

From there, I painted for quite some time until a series of events brought me an opportunity to create jewelry. During this time also, I had two little children, fairly close together, and found that creating jewelry was more manageable from my home, for the time being.

With jewelry making and designing, I found that there was a lot of crossover from my years as a painter. There is a lot to consider in this completely different medium and also the complexities of running a business. There have been many good surprises, and much opportunity for learning. I discovered that this medium allows me to create faster, and think in three dimensions, rather than the preferred two dimensional works I have done in the past.

I am challenged in new ways as I have to try to keep up with trends, and the 'fashion industry', and then put my own creative spin on each individual piece. THIS concept is completely foreign to me.

Working with jewelry lets me explore color interactions (which is a focus of mine in my 2d work), and the interactions of shapes, and symmetry in wearable art. I love contrasts, with delicate flow, and things that are feminine in nature. Also, I find that the work is more accessible to the general population, rather than a small group of wealthy individuals.

A new aesthetic has emerged, and I find myself very inspired by the natural work I am seeing on so many lovely etsy shops- and I feel that I can additionally bring work to others with earth elements... work that touches the soul of the viewer, the patron, the yoga lover, or the unique individual. I tend to stay away from anything that has a manufactured or glitzy feel to it.

Now that I have established a unique store on Etsy, I am returning to painting, slowly but surely. Being here, has been a huge learning experience, and I finally feel like I have some of the complexities in order. I try to post new things each week.

I still strive to make things with excellent craftsmanship and with heart. I try to create wearable pieces that have a specific meaning to the wearer, or are symbolic in nature. I look for things that are uncommon, whether they be antique, global, or original. I include earth elements more often than not in many of my pieces, and I am one of those people that believes that stones have different properties for healing.

Please check out my supply store: IZUSA, which means 'white stone'. (Native American Indian)
https://www.etsy.com/shop/izusa

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