I have always in some way been involved in art. I learned to crochet and needle tat while I was still in elementary! Since then, I have also picked up quilting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, web design, and theater makeup; anything which allows me to express myself and create a beautiful, unique piece fills my list of hobbies.
For three years I studied at The Ohio State University to become a cardiologist, a goal Iíd maintained since age 4, until I learned what Godís will for my life was and thatís design. I finished my studies there in Spanish, instead, in honor of my heritage and a culture I did not grow up around while beginning to get a feel for what I would do in design.
Of course my first customers were friends and family but gradually I am branching out to having displays in local shops, craft shows, and even a couple galleries. All my pieces are hand made and each passes my personal quality check (usually me with a necklace in front of my mirror not wanting to part with it). I work with brass, steel, copper, silver, gold, glass, and gemstones; I very rarely use plastic and my beads are sometimes one of a kind finds from my travels adding to the uniqueness of that work.
A lot of my customers use my present pieces as a springboard to an individual piece they want created. I have done many special orders for weddings, parties, and home decor; I always welcome a customerís suggestions, comments, or special requests. One thing that really separates the experience of buying from a large corporation from an individual is the heart and mind of the artist. Also, the care that each piece receives; all of my work has passed through my fingers and for a time was given its own moment of creation rather than coming off an assembly line with 300 others. I love to hear what others think of my line and I often incorporate what I learn.
Money is not the reason I chose to leave medicine and pursue design; I create art because it makes me happy, it makes my customers happy, and I am using my gifts.
I thank you very much for taking the time to get to know a bit of the history behind my work