It is such a great honor to be doing what I love and LOVE what I’m doing! I realize that everyone is not this lucky.
In my real world, I have been a hairdresser for over 30 years. It’s the best job a girl could ask for! Most of my clients have been with me for so long, that they really have become part of my family.
My home life growing up wasn't always the happiest of places - growing up with an extreme bi-polar mother and an alcoholic father made me grow up quickly. At a young age, I became the caregiver for my siblings. Those experiences made me who I am today. My parents were great parents, and growing up, we had everything we could possibly ever want. My father was a very successful building contractor and land developer. My mother was an amazing interior designer and mom. Later in my childhood when my mother became ill, life seemed to change over night. Mental illness is a very hard illness on families, and those suffering, and is still very real in lives today.
I could write a book on growing up with my sweet mother and her hardest of days. I believe I am who I am today because of those experiences.
My journey to teaching jewelry workshops and hosting art retreats came about quite organically. After seeing soldered jewelry pieces that I had made, many of my girlfriends asked me to teach them how to solder. So I began teaching workshops in 2005, it was just what I needed after loosing my mother, Father, and Mother in law in a very short span.
What began as teaching a few friends quickly snowballed into traveling around the United States and meeting new students eager to learn new skills in soldering and jewelry design. along with occasionally teaching mixed media canvas art and sculpting with papier mache. After 20 years of working with papier mache it was refreshing to have new mediums to be passionate about!
In 2008, I started a women’s art retreat called Art Camp, on the west coast of the United States. Women fly from all over the world to attend. Some come alone not knowing a soul, and leave with forever friendships, art experiences, and new skills to treasure. What happens there is pure magic! I believe women need this time to learn, to regroup, and refresh, and find the joy thats missing in so many lives today. It has been an honor to see articles about my events I have hosted published in “Mingle” and “Where Women cook” Jewelry Affair periodicals published by Stampington.
I look forward to meeting new and old friends on this journey of friendship and art! Please visit me on my blog, found in the "Find Me Here" links section!