I make family portraits. This is of a family with all their pets. They had this amazing piece of yard art that was all rusted and brown in their back yard. I first refurbished it with a new coat of paint. Then, I took random pictures of each family member in various poses. I painted the canvas, cut the pictures, and used fused glass for the grass. They loved it and everyone who sees it adores it!
I love the art I create! I guess I am what you would call a true “multi-media” artist. I have learned and mastered many art forms.
I really enjoy melting glass with a torch – called torch work. I also like to melt glass in a kiln – called glass fusion, because you fuse different colors together. Unlike torch work, fusion is usually flat. I guess that is why I like torch work better.
Making jewelry is really fun. I do not follow any of the rules. In fact, I like puzzles. So, I try to make my jewelry like tiny, beautiful puzzles. I do not like to fuse my jewelry. I prefer what is termed “cold connect”. I use rivets, wire, and metal rings to connect everything. I have made every “Juried” art show I have participated in with my jewelry submissions. I am proud of that. Check out my Etsy store; GemStorm.
Paper crafting has become a secret passion. It is such a strange and forgiving art. I create cards, boxes and other miscellaneous items. I have a graphics program on my computer that hooks up to my die-cutting machine and it is a blast to work with. I create the card and box kits and sell them on Etsy to people who own die cutting machines too. It’s a limited audience but, great reward. I do sell the actual cards and boxes at my day spa. Check out this store also; 1MakingFaces.
I make wall art too. Beaded hearts, moons, and anything my imagination will allow.
My paintings are acrylic. I love acrylic (over oil) because I can put my fingers in it. When I put acrylic paint on a canvas I add glass or other textures to make it multi-dimensional and more interesting to the eye.
I did mosaic work on my kitchen cabinets. When someone comes into my home they are a bit overwhelmed by it all. Don’t get me wrong, I am a minimalist and do not care for knick-knacks. It’s just a lot to take in.
My art is really from my heart. It has always come from something that has happened or that I want to happen. If something bad is bothering me, I can usually put it in a piece of art and free my mind from it all. That is the greatest gift of art; to ease pain and to show joy and love.
Everything is art. At least, it is to me.