I’ve been an artist practically my whole life. My mom and I used to do all kinds of art projects. My favorite store was “American Handicrafts.” We did decoupage, Fantasy Film flowers, drawing, painting, sewing, crochet… oh, you name it, we did it.
When I first went to college, I thought I’d be “practical” and study accounting. After all, you can’t make a living as an artist, right? Well, I didn’t even manage to finish the degree before I realized I’d end up with an ulcer before I was 30 if I stuck with accounting. Fortunately, my brother introduced me to the concept of “commercial art” and I realized that you can have a career and still be creative. So I got my degree in Art with a concentration on Visual Communications.
In addition to my day job as a graphic designer, I also create in many other media: glass, clay, fiber, metal, wood, paper, etc. Nothing is off limits to me. Working with varying materials keeps me interested in art. I get bored with the same ol’, same ol’. I call it AADD: Art Attention Deficit Disorder. Many of my artist friends have it.
I also teach a little. I have classes in polymer clay, crochet, bead crochet, chainmaille, and peyote stitch beadweaving at TLD Design Center in Westmont, IL. It’s a lot of fun to introduce people to a new material or technique, and sometimes to being creative at all!
Right now, my favorite thing to do is make glass beads. Melting glass over a flame – what could be better? My work can be found at eBay, at TLD Design Center, and on my Web site. I do a few craft and bead shows throughout the year.