I am a retired High School Math Teacher living in the suburbs of Chicago. I have a lifelong love of art, music, and crafts. I have a history as a local artist featuring my water-color paintings in Arts Fairs in Homewood, Orland Park, and Oak Park Illinois and New Buffalo Michigan back in the 1990s. I have also had a painting on display at Whispering Pines Gallery in Cable, Wisconsin. Along with fine art painting, back in 1989 I started creating decorative home crafts made in partnership with my cousin, Joan Ring.
I dabble in garden design and interior design and in 2006 won the Landmark Beautification Award from the Village of Homewood for our home on Gladville Avenue and in 2010 received the “Lifetime Beautification Award” for maintaining the previous award standard for 5 years.
Other artistic hobbies include acrylic paintings on birdhouses and household items, (using the “One Stroke” method), such as : jewelry boxes, perfume trays, decorative door signs, wooden lamps, etc. In my youth frequently sewed my own clothing, even my wedding dress! In subsequent years I sewed costumes for school plays, Halloween, and did appliqué fabric projects for my daughter’s sorority. My most recent interest is working with stained glass mosaics.
I now create our jewelry with beads of glass, crystal and semi-precious stone. While many of my designs are original, I also recreate and modify existing designs. I can repair broken pieces or create something new from the old beads. It’s rewarding to present a friend with a newly strung necklace made from the loose beads and broken clasps that she brought me in a plastic bag.
I received a Cricut Expression 2 for my birthday in 2012 and haven’t stopped cutting paper since. I dedicated an entire winter to Cricut projects for my daughter Katie’s wedding and now spend almost as much time each season creating bulletin boards our older daughter Beth’s classroom.
When my Dad retired at age 67 he started crafting stain glass sun catchers and Tiffany style lamp shades. When he passed away my Mom gave me a large box of his glass scraps. They stayed in that box in the garage until I picked up a book on mosaics that featured an old bowling covered in glass and used as a garden ornament. That got me started on using glass and grout to create garden art. It’s nice to see that ball under the maple tree in the summer with the rays of sun twinkling of the mirrored bits in the design.
In all my art endeavors, I am largely “self-taught”. I took classes in oils and water color painting for 10+ years through the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, studying under Carol Boyajian, who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. I took an introductory course in beadwork through Jo-Ann Fabrics in November of 2009.