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I consider myself a Modern Hippie who totally thrives on creating bold jewelry and stunning works of art! I am driven to make art that is individual, colorful, sparkly and fun. In the end, what really matters to me is that I create something that makes me smile and feel happy. I don't want to give the impression that I am selfish with it, just that the final product has to be pleasing to me in order for me to be able to send it out into the world. Why would I ever want to sell something that I did not absolutely adore or would not wear myself? Making and selling my art is a very personal process for me, one that I take seriously, but not too seriously...it is, after all...ART! I have been making art since I was a little girl and have never stopped creating throughout my rather event filled life. Now, at age 47, I am casting my artistic self out into the world via the internet to spread my message that "Life is Better When You…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 24
  • Joined March 17, 2009

Favorite materials

dichroic glass, recycled aluminum cans, resin, glass painting, mosaic, fabric, beads, acryclic paint, wood, metal, silver wire

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I consider myself a Modern Hippie who totally thrives on creating bold jewelry and stunning works of art! I am driven to make art that is individual, colorful, sparkly and fun. In the end, what really matters to me is that I create something that makes me smile and feel happy. I don't want to give the impression that I am selfish with it, just that the final product has to be pleasing to me in order for me to be able to send it out into the world. Why would I ever want to sell something that I did not absolutely adore or would not wear myself? Making and selling my art is a very personal process for me, one that I take seriously, but not too seriously...it is, after all...ART! I have been making art since I was a little girl and have never stopped creating throughout my rather event filled life. Now, at age 47, I am casting my artistic self out into the world via the internet to spread my message that "Life is Better When You Sparkle!" You will see all kinds of color in my work but my very favorite color in the world is PURPLE! My art sets me free and simultaneously keeps me centered, if that makes any sense! Art is a constant in my life, a source of pleasure and at times pain, but a real live character in the story that is me.

I would be nothing without the never ending love and support of my dear husband Mike and my fabulous son, Casey, who has more innate artistic talent than I ever will. Casey is an amazingly gifted artist, which warms my old Irish heart. He is also a really good person and a kind soul. Mike and I are so very proud of our boy! My husband helps me to be me in every way, shape and form. I would not be the woman that I am without him. I could never make my art as it is without his creative mind and technical skills. This really is a collaboration which I think is a great tribute to our marriage. I come up with an idea, draw it out and he makes it! He is a tremendously talented artist himself, although he would never say that. I am the luckiest girl in the world because, according to my Neighbs, my husband is a Saint! From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mike for always being there next to me in life and for selflessly helping me to make all of my dreams come true. Mostly, thank you for laughing through life with me. You are indeed a Saint to be able to put up with the likes of this crazy purple lady! I love you.

In regards to my work, I am really just going to let my art speak for itself. I make things that are fun, funky, fabulous, far-out and any other f-word you can come up with! My artistic influences are James Rizzi, Rene’ Magritte, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. My life has always involved the pursuit of artistic endeavors. I really cannot remember a time when I was not creating something.

I recall, at around age 5, melting wax in my pink Easy Bake Oven to make small candles dyed with Crayola crayons in glass Christmas ball ornaments. I would suspend a make shift wick from a paper clip at the top of the Christmas ball and I would wait patiently for the wax to set and then I would crack the glass ball with my grandfather's hammer and a beautiful smooth and shiny perfectly round candle would appear. Then I would make a little cake and eat it..usually in one bite! It tasted of wax and crayons... but I didn't care.

My goal has always been to make a piece that pops out at ya! It's a pretty simple goal, but I like it that way. I don't want to be constrained by the parameters of reality because realistic art was never my strong suit. I struggled to get all of the angles and the shading and the lines right and it just was not all that fun for me. Then I discovered abstract art and my heart and soul opened up! I love bold colors, patterns, designs and above all else, bold people! I sit in my studio, my favorite place in the world, by the way, (Thanks to Mike), and I lose myself in color and all of its possibilities. I place a lot of value on being precise in my art. I go to extreme lengths to make a piece that is clean and defined. Too much detail sometimes, but that is just the way it is. Only I know when to stop and I rather like having that kind of control over something in life. It's empowering!

Not to get all girly on you, but I believe that you should decorate your body with things that are positive, pretty, fabulous, flirty, bright, funky and above all else, sparkly! I believe that one should ACCESSORCISE each and every day. I live by my motto that "Life Is Better When You Sparkle!" I also think that women should make more of an effort to be satisfied with moderately priced individual pieces of jewelry as opposed to expensive jewels made of diamonds and gold. Don't get me wrong, I love all jewelry, I just prefer affordable one-of-a-kind pieces over expensive baubles. Why spend the dinero on diamonds and emeralds when you can look equally fabulous in a Swarovski embellished recycled aluminum can bracelet!!! I'm just sayin... I also prefer jewels that are made in the good old USofA! I firmly believe we are at an economical standstill in this country because we have stopped investing in our own products. Please consider how important it is to consistently purchase products that are made in America. It’s a basic concept that we have abandoned in this country to our own detriment.

I digress...back to being girly. The wonderful women in my life taught me the Art of ACCESSORCISING and inspired me to create jewelry from a very young age. My Mom, aunts, cousins, grandmothers and great aunts were all Masters in the Art of ACCESSORCISING. My grandmother, Isabel a/k/a Gee a/k/a "Ultra Woman" was a bit of a thing with a penchant for rather large jewels. Gee had 2 sisters, Agnes and Anita, and I remember fondly how these women all shimmered and sparkled in their jewels at every family event throughout my childhood. The Roddy Girls just knew how to make it all work, with matching earring and necklace sets, large sparkly rings and bracelets galore. My other grandmother, Nan was a fabulously large Irish red headed beauty who loved her button earrings, big pearl necklaces and hats and was often seen in polka dots which show up regularly in my art work and on my car, a funkaliscious purple polka dotted PT Cruiser! Aunt Ronnie, and Cousins Susan and Nancy, better known as the Nuns on Patrol, always look fabulous and take the time to decorate themselves in an equally impressive manner as the generation of women before them. Aunt Ron-Ron is a purple lover from way back and I credit her with giving me my love of all things purple in life. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and a more sensitive soul you will never find. Cousins Susan and Nancy have always adorned themselves with glimmering jewels that accented their beautiful features. These women decorate themselves with pride, often wearing jeweled treasures passed down from the previous generation of lovely ladies in our family. Finally, my Mom is the best example of a Bling Lover that I have ever had. My beautiful Mother has an innate sense of style and she loves her jewels. My Dad loved to buy jewelry to adorn his ravishing Irish bride. My Mom knows what she likes and she knows what looks good. She decorates herself with timeless pieces of jewelry that make her eyes sparkle and highlight her sensational smile and match her outfit perfectly. I have always admired her refined style and classic beauty.

The women in my family have taught me the importance of taking the time to highlight my own inner and outer beauty. These wonderful women have taught me to love jewelry, to love looking and feeling beautiful and to love the process of ACCESSORCISING! My jewelry is made in homage to all of the women in my life who inspire me to create and to be happy with myself.

I think I have ADHD so I can never only make one thing at a time. I am a multi media artist and I strive to make tactile art pieces that you want to reach out and touch. I hand paint glass, make fused glass, mosaic, paint furniture, paper mache, bead, sew, paint clothes, paint shoes, paint the dog...you know...whatever floats my boat at any particular time. Some people ask me how I have worked full time for 25 years and pursued an artistic career as well and the answer is PERSERVERANCE. I have never given up on my art, never set it aside in life, because it is one of the things that defines me and satisfies me and ain't that what life is all about...being satisfied? I have given away a lot of my art over the years to help raise money for charities that are near and dear to my heart or just to put a smile on a friend's face. I believe that I have a gift and that I should use my gift to spread happiness and make others feel good and to decorate the world!

My dear old Dad instilled in me the ability to tenaciously pursue my passion for making art the same way he pursued his passion for golf. He taught me to work hard at whatever I do. I think that my Pop ended up really appreciating my artistic ability even if he did not understand it. When I am working late at night in my studio I have a great sense of calm knowing that my Dad is looking down on me and that he is proud of me for never giving up on my passion in life.

Like I said, I am the luckiest girl in the world! I am happy and relatively centered and I am really at home with myself at this point in my life. I have a great family, fantastic friends, a good job and a passion for art that is never ending. I am at peace and it feels groovy! I have mastered the art of Living Out Loud and I am damn proud of the woman that I have become. Thanks to all of the people in my life who help me and inspire me and laugh with me. Thanks to my dear friend Liz who convinced me to put my art on ETSY, to my dear pal Krista for her many tireless hours helping me to organize my studio and make art and to my partners is sales, Mia, Kim, Summer, and Barb who have taught me how to sell and encouraged me all along to make my art and be happy! Thanks to Toni and Theresa for your constant encouragement and support of me and my art throughout the years. Finally, thanks to dear Beth for always pushing me to create. You are all my Soul Sistas and I love you.

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