I love decorating. Any event, every season.
When very young, I was given two gifts that have shaped me in ways that, I suppose, the givers would never have anticipated.
The first was given me when I was four years old. It was a windy summer's day and I was riding my bike down the sidewalk near my home in Suttons Bay, Michigan. A tall blue-haired lady waved me down. Smiling, she handed me a Christmas box filled with a dozen delicately painted china bells.
I have been collecting ornaments ever since.
The second was on my seventh birthday. My parents dug me a small pond at the bottom of the hill behind our house. There I built villages. Clam shells became carriages pulled by delicate twig ponies. Horsetail grass became the logs for moss-roofed cabins while tiny birch bark canoes bobbed beside lily pad docks. After a bad storm, I got to start my pond village all over again, complete with new houses, new characters and new stories.
My art evolves from rough thumbnail sketches, typically about 2x3" in size. If the piece is to be laser cut, I redraw it in Illustrator prior to cutting. I finish each piece using a variety of materials including watercolors, wire, found objects, hand made paper, moss and leafing.
Inspired by nature, my work is illustrative in style. Celebrating beauty and often having a whimsical theme, I hope to make the audience smile. Most pieces are signed, limited editions.