Firecracker Baby and Youthful Gatherer
I think names and having a holiday birthday strongly influence my personality. My first and last name together mean Youthful Gatherer, and my birthday is on July 4 and I LOVE fireworks. I also love sparkly things, hence, "oohsparkly", and I have always tried to bring people together. Someone recently described my work as "happy". The bright colors and whimsical nature of my work certainly make me happy. My parents are both artistically inclined and being their first born made it natural for me to be so as well. I have been making art since the time I could walk. The first time I ever showed my work in public (not in an art class for critiquing) was in 2006. I was so nervous that no one would like my style or think it wasn't any big deal. Now I don't mind showing off what I do, although I am still humble, and I get into everything. Photography, costume design, sculpture, printmaking, you name it. If I think I can make it myself, I will. If not, I'll buy it from you. Either way, I enjoy supporting and being inspired by fellow artists.
Owner, Designer, Maker, Curator
The second bedroom in my house is my studio. Most things get made in here on the drafting table, but if I can work outside - like when I make the beer fish - I do. Nature inspires me more than anything else, but so does other art & people watching.
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