I’m an artist, designer, and metalsmith living near Atlanta, GA. I’ve been a working artist since 2011, but my career didn’t begin that way. I worked in the IT industry for a software development company, instead.
I didn’t realize I was an artist until my late-20’s, when a local artist held a painting class at the office. That was the spark that led me down this creative path, where I eventually traded the corporate world for art supplies and jewelry tools.
There were creative clues in my early life, like watching my dad work with his hands on car motors, the pencil drawings I sketched in middle school that came easily to me, and the burning desire to learn how to sew when I got married. It took awhile to find my calling but putting the pieces together has been incredibly satisfying. It’s never too late to discover our natural talents.
Thanks to the internet, my work has been collected and shipped worldwide. You can see a sample of the original work I’ve sold by clicking here. For several years, I participated in juried art shows in the Atlanta area including the Chastain Park Arts Festival (2013), Alpharetta Arts Streetfest (2014), and Norcross Art Splash (2015). My work has also been featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” (more on that below).
I’ve been married to Chad for more than 20 years, love perusing artist boutiques, read almost exclusively non-fiction books, stay physically active, and hope coffee, chocolate, and avocados are overflowing in heaven.
- Brevard College – AS
- Georgia Southern University – BBA – Information Systems
- The Art Institute – Residential Planning
- Spruill Center for the Arts – metalsmith classes
As Seen on NBC's "Parenthood"
I got a surprise start in my creative career by selling one of my first drawings to the set of NBC’s TV series “Parenthood”. They found my work on Etsy shortly after I opened shop there. It aired on two episodes (that I know of!) and it was incredibly exciting to see my artwork on TV.
No supplies are off-limits when it comes to drawing: pencils, pens, brushes, paper, paints, charcoal, and digital color are all fair game. My artwork often brings you close to nature.
I use only professional-quality supplies and supports including paints, canvases, paper, varnish, etc., because…you should never have to worry whether your artwork will stand the test of time.
“Pear Bunch” displayed on the set of ‘Parenthood’.
My artisan jewelry stands out from the masses with each design thoughtful, carefully crafted by hand, and only made with excellent materials – if it looks like silver, it is.
I use metalsmith techniques and often wield a torch and hammer. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and can’t be found anywhere else.
Fun fact: I didn’t start knitting until 2020. By this time I had years of experience as a designer, so when I caught the knitting bug, I immediately started writing patterns. That meant I was learning to knit *at the same time* that I was publishing patterns. But don’t tell anyone. 😉
Each pattern is designed with beauty, clarity, and enjoyment in mind. It gets reviewed and knitted by multiple knitters before being published. In the unlikely event you find an error in your pattern, the pattern is yours – FREE.
Because yarn selection is a personal choice, each pattern provides two recommendations for your convenience: 1) requirements for the yarn used in the original sample and 2) requirements for substitute yarn in the same weight.
La Casa de mi Padre
I believe that everything we have – our time, talents, and resources – was given to us by a heavenly Father who loves us. As such, we’re stewards (see what I did there?) of what’s been entrusted to us.
We can hold on to our possessions tightly – and find that there’s no joy in doing so. Or, we can leverage them for the good of others – and find life.
In 2014, I took my first trip to El Salvador to serve with La Casa de mi Padre, a children’s home. Their vision is to “heal hearts, restore families and bring hope of a better future to children in crisis in El Salvador, creating agents of change for generations to come, all for the glory of God.”
Since then, my heart has never been the same and I go back as often as I can.
When you support my work, you give back in a BIG way: a percentage of all profits goes directly to help the children at La Casa de mi Padre. ♥