As a person in Recovery for the past 20 years (I can hardly believe it myself) I can sincerely say that everything I am today emerges from my recovery program. All I have in my life is because I have worked hard to become the person my Higher Power created me to be.
I grew up in a household where we were encouraged to question and explore and my recovery program has expanded that. In 12 step programs, we speak of ‘A God of My Understanding’, and for many years, I thought that meant I needed to understand god, but the more I grow, the more I understand, the less concrete my understanding is.
I’ve been married for 25 years now, and my husband and I have two 20-something children. These two kids are my heart and soul. There’s nothing more beautiful than loving the people your children have become.
Django and Salty. Big Dogs. Big Love. If you don’t like dogs in the house, don’t come to my home. They live here, you are only a guest.
My art allows me to express my spirituality. Please know, that most of my designs speak of my spiritual understanding. My understanding is hard-won. I may not be able to explain it to you, so hopefully you just find it beautiful and don’t require an explanation.
The foundation of my work is always glass mosaic, but it can be more accurately described as mixed media mosaic. I start with tile, Czech seed bead or sheets of beautiful stained glass. A particular tone or texture catch my eye as the central point of the piece. I then work outwards from that point, adding pieces of unusual shape, purpose and texture, oftentimes twisting or even lifting whole sections to tuck a tiny object behind.
In a world of emphasis on standing out from the crowd and the importance of the individual, my work speaks of the true random cohesiveness of all our lives. The way seemingly disparate objects come together to make a beautiful whole. Each individual component, taken separately, barely able to stand on its own. Yet, when assembled without judgement, one object leaning on another for support, the result is a vision of unity that often makes me laugh out loud.