The experiences of an independent artist and jewelry maker

Thursday, June 18, 2009

HI everyone!
I have no clue what I'm going to say...
This is my first attempt at blogging. I'm hoping by doing this to reach out to those who might be interested in what I do. And to be perfectly honest, by doing so get a wider audience for purchasing my work. Unfortunately, selling is necessary for me to be able to continue working in my art.
I'm an artist who works in acrylic, pencil, and pastel who also likes to make jewelry. I love to experiment with new things with each piece of jewelry. It's a no pressure and fun release trying new shiny materials. (That sounded very crow like. haha) Specifially, gemstones like labradorite, rainbow moonstone, and every other stone with incredible banding, flashes, colors, etc. It is also the bread and butter that supports my more "serious" fine art.
In my "fine art" I focus on the human condition through portrait. A face tells everything internal and external about a life. A simple portrait captures a moment and a totality. It also can show the truth behind political propaganda with subtle, but powerful insights.
I'm originally from the Metro Los Angeles area where my artistic ability was uncovered. Following the revelation, I was taken to a family friend who worked for a well known LA designer for private art instruction. When I entered college I continued to follow this path majoring in fine art taking classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, 2D design, and figurative art before venturing out on my own.
After leaving college I was offered a number of commissions from collectors and publications. Paintings were commissioned for homes in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and other sections of Los Angeles, CA and the Big Bear Inn in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Starting in the '90's I changed goals for a number of years and completed undergraduate and graduate Geography programs. My studies focused on regional, urban, and environmental areas of the human condition and our sense of place. It was this sense of place involving public art in my thesis that sparked an interest in creating art again. During this period is also when I took up jewelry making and found it addicting.
So today I find myself trying to make a living doing what I love. Everyone, especially the ex, thinks this is foolish. It's definitely an uphill battle and very discouraging at times when bills come due for basics.
So check out my shop when you get a chance. I'm also on twitter and I have a web site.
Have a great day and I hope to see you again!

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