Mixed Media Artist
I grew up a native of Atlanta and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Georgia Southern University then spent 22 years in medical sales. Throughout my career, I loved dabbling on the weekends with faux finishes and began rehabbing furniture before it became the widespread thing to do. After refurbishing a lakehouse with completely redone furniture, I realized I had a love for taking something old and making it new again.
A friend saw my work and asked me to assist her on a large faux finish job. Two times on the scaffolding was enough for me and I went back to doing what I loved, refinishing and rehabbing furniture. When the opportunity came up to be an Annie Sloan Stockist and be in the retail world of furniture painting and refinishing, I decided to open a shop and learned that I had a second love of teaching. I taught students and learned myself. I took many workshops through those years including a textile workshop in France with Melanie Royals.
I sold the shop to help my Mom care for my ailing Dad and textiles became my go to creative outlet. I have been painting on silk and silk screening since. I lost my Dad in 2018 as well as a sister to breast cancer and recently another sister to ovarian cancer. I know first hand, that becoming involved in a project can ease the mind, heal just a little of the hurt and help pass the time. Last year, I donated 40 painted scarves to a hospice facility in Romania where my husband and I go regularly on mission trips. I have since returned to France for more training and look forward to sharing these skills with students online. This is an easy art to learn, it’s how elaborate you make it that gives you your own creative twist.
A couple of years ago I purchased a rather expensive bracelet while shopping with friends; within about four months the bracelet started falling apart. Frustrated with the idea of not being able to wear a favorite bracelet I decided to try my hand at fixing my bracelet and discovered that I had a knack for working with wire - thus my love for making jewelry was born. Similar to textile art people can wear this form of art. Initially I only worked with wire and cord but now have developed a love for working with leather and pearls. I hope as you browse my jewelry selection you will find something that will suit your taste and style.