For as long as I can remember, I have always been a creative person; expressing myself through drawing, writing, and other artistic endeavors. As I got further in my adult life though, I found myself spending less and less time doing these things that I love and spending more of my time working and advancing my career with the secure day-job. After having my daughter, it became more and more important for me to get back to my art, to be true to the person I am, to show her that it is important to follow your own path. So, here I am, inviting you to join me as I make a concerted effort to live creatively, more truly, more passionately, both for myself, and as an example to my daughter to not let go of the things you love and that make you YOU.
Even before graduating from Drexel University with a degree in Fashion Design, I knew that was not the career path I really wanted to pursue. My creative journey led me to ceramics. I took many classes at Chester Springs Studio with Dina Schmidt, Jeanie Silver, and Susan Bankert as well as continuing my formal education with the ceramics program at Kutztown University. From 2001 to 2005 I ran Nepenthe Pottery while we lived mid-state and had an onsite studio. My work was heavily influenced by forms found in nature, and the connection to the pieces that one receives when cradling a vessel in your hands. Over time, my work began to take on intricate and detailed patterned carving which added to this experience. When we moved back to eastern PA, the space for a ceramics studio was lost, and my focus shifted back to writing, drawing, and painting.
Creating mixed media artwork allows me to continue to play with textures in my pieces, and build up layers of meaning and ideas as part of the creative process. Mandalas feature heavily in my work as I am influenced by the work of Carl Jung and Joan Kellogg and their use of mandala creation as a tool for self development and discovery. Themes of childhood and our connection to nature are prevalent in both my mandalas and other pieces.
I discovered Zentangle in 2011 and was immediately drawn to it. Drawing the repetitive patterns was so reminiscent of the carving I did on my ceramic work. I began a regular practice of Zentangle and began to incorporate it into my mixed media work. In early 2015 I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in order to share this technique with others. I currently teach Zentangle classes in my studio as well as on location around Chester and Montgomery counties.