My jewelry comes to you from the beautiful West Country of England. Art has
always been a part of my life with watercolour and coloured pencil botanical
drawings my original interest. But I have always loved jewellery so it seemed
a natural transition. I like to visit museum collections etc whenever I am
able. Although I am mostly self taught, I have taken courses in various techniques
at different times. I am a multimedia artist; I paint, sew, felt, but right
at this moment in time, I mostly enjoy working with Premo Polymer Clay, gemstones,
pearls, fossils and Australian opals.
A few years back I was introduced to Premo Polymer clay, it's a bit like paint
in solid form I thought, so I was hooked. I took a few tutorials to begin
with and then developed along my own path. Many years ago I worked with clay,
but this was different, I had colour now and many more colours could be mixed
from the basics! To begin with, I made different items from small sculptures
to jewellery, which is now my preference. Polymer clay it would seem has come
into its own and is no longer considered the outsider, but is sold in prestigious
galleries; there are museum collections and displays of jewellery, it has
finally made it!
The inspiration. Water plays a large part in my life as I live close to the
ocean, enjoy lakes and streams, with reeds and swans, the ponds in our garden,
flowers. Trees are important to me, also mosses and ferns, each piece of jewellery
I sketch has an inspiration in nature and the natural world around me. Sometimes
it is a shape I want to capture or maybe a beautiful Jasper cab inspires a
picture, or a glorious Sunset over the sea.
My jewelry has been featured
in various magazines and won several awards including the Egyptian Treasures
contest in Beads & Beyond Magazine and I recently won the Color Category at
Gems & Brios.
I've always loved art and have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil.
I started out using cartoons on TV as inspiration. I used to pause the VCR
and draw my favourite characters. As I got older, I made more of my own characters,
although I was always creative ever since I was little, with my own ideas
but they became more developed as my artistic talents grew. Growing up, I
made plushies of my favourite characters and painted t-shirts with neat designs.
I took an art diploma course in pet portraits and received a diploma with
merit at the end of it. I decided I wanted to be experienced in a range of
different mediums and learnt how to needlefelt, paint with various techniques
and mediums, work with polymer clay, and a range of other things. I have also
done some storyboards for a short film, animations, voice work on a project
a friend and I did and I've written a fantasy novel I hope to get published.
I like to use my talents any way I can and so I take commissions in a whole
range of subjects and mediums. I am also not afraid to try new things. Once,
a lady emailed me out of the blue, looking for a high resolution picture of
a cartoon band since she wanted a cardboard cutout made of it for her wedding.
I didn't know where to find such a picture, so she commissioned me to draw
it for her. The result was a 6 foot tall cardboard cutout of this band. I
had never done anything like it before but I'm glad I did because it's something
else I can add to my portfolio.
I mostly work with traditional art, coloured pencils being my main medium.
I also work with digital art as well, although I am still learning new techniques
with that. I'm so glad I have art as a talent, it is such a varied and interesting
thing to do!
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