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About the Visual Gems Studio Artist

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   My love of, and participation in, the art field dates back to my early childhood. It began formally with classes in ceramics and linocut in Highschool, continuing with college courses in painting and sculpture, classes at The Torpedo Factory, in Alexandria, Virginia for screen printing, silk painting, image transfer and fiber art. I continue through the present with workshops, through artist guilds, and self study using books, DVDs, the Artist NetworkTV, and PBS.During 2004-2006, I studied Decorative art. During 2006-2008, I studied jewelry making by taking classes, courses, and workshops in beadwork, metalsmithing, and polymer clay.

Artist Statement: Painting

I paint ordinary things and circumstances in a way to make them emotionally meaningful. For example, in my bird and wildlife paintings, instead of using the neutral colors of nature for most of the background environments, I use vibrant colors that give the paintings a gemlike quality, hence, a "Visual Gem" that may heighten the delight when viewing the images. My favorite style of painting is realism with, more recently, a surrealistic subject matter, such as in my Allegorical paintings. I paint because I have a strong desire to translate in paint the images that arise in my mind or that I see in a photograph, such as in a portrait. I paint a range of fine art subjects, including allegorical, wildlife, landscape, still life, and figurative art. My paint mediums are typically acrylic and oil, with some mixed media.

When people look at my work, I would like them to experience the same feelings that I felt when I first imagined it, or to stop and think about the meaning behind the images. But most of all, I feel elated when someone looks at one of my paintings and finds something about it that really attracts them or moves them.

Artist Statement: Jewelry

I create high end jewelry because I love the beauty of the materials: the beads, metal, glass, and polymer clay. I love the colors of the different beads and crystals, especially the Swarovski Aurora Borealis crystals and multicolor seed beeds. Put these together and the end product gives me a “wow” feeling. The design may be challenging, but there is a zen I find relaxing in the beading and working with metal, clay, or glass.

I want the person who owns my jewelry to feel beautiful wearing it. I try to create pieces that are very different from each other, rather than pieces that are all similar to each other except for bead color. Not only does that approach keep me interested and motivated, but I think it adds a unique, designer quality to the jewelry I make.

For more in depth information about me, please visit my blog at www.visualgemsstudio.com/blog


Juried Art Exhibitions

Below art the juried art shows that Velvet has been in, in cronological order, with the pieces exhibited below each show, in parentheses.

Articles About the Artist

Interview in Designpromotivate

Interview in Artpromotivate

Artist Of The Week Article in West Valley View