I've been in the handcrafted business most of my life. I have been hand making products to sell for years and I work in several mediums. First I'm a decorative painter I've worked with paints for years and taught classes for a while at the local Michael's Craft Store. I mostly work in acrylics, painting still life and custom signs to order and painted furniture but in later years started to work in pen and ink with oils and I enjoy that medium as well. As time went on I tried my hand at stained glass mosaics and love working with the beautiful rich colors of the glass. Then of late I decided to start beading, beading was something that I did several years go but lost interest in it, over time the beading industry has developed some truly unique products and I had to try my hand at beading again. So now I'm making jewelry, these are pieces of artwork designed in bright colorful glass beads you can wear. I'm a framer by trade, working at the Ben Franklin store years ago and then the St. Mary's Crafts and Framing until it closed. Over the last few years I've gotten involved in promoting American made products and promoting local artists and craftsmen. Researchers have found a profound economic impact of spending your money in your town, when you spend your money in your community more of your money stays within your town. That means those purchases are twice as efficient in keeping the local economy alive. When you make a purchase from a local artists that money goes to pay utility bills or groceries and makes the circle right here in your hometown. This means more revenue and more jobs, something our country needs more of.
I'm fairly new to the world of stained glass mosaics and I truly enjoy the glorious rich colors and textures of the glass. Working with textured glass is not always easy but well worth it.