I grew up in Chicago and was a budding artist prior to my teen years. However, making a living as an artist wasn’t a viable option for me and so I began a career in finance. I am now thoroughly enjoying my second career, having returned to the world of art! My passion for creating a design from common and antique Victorian objects is now a part of my daily life. Of course I continue to make time for my two beloved dachshunds (Garbo and Greta) and my husband, Ron.
I never really thought of myself as an artist. I simply wanted to have fun putting some interesting items together. I have always loved assemblage art, although, I didn’t know it had a name. I have many friends who are artists and we are always looking for something we can put together using new techniques. A lot of times we fail but we always try and try again.
Each new project begins with a main item like a pair of opera glasses. I then plan the structure: either a handmade wooden base or a metal base. Sometimes these bases are from junked lamps, clocks, or broken musical instruments. I don’t think of these items as trash but rather as a path to something whimsical and fun for someone to appreciate from their childhood: a game they played or an item they had in their home or school. I love to look for these things on our vacations, outings, or while visiting friends and family. I have a lot of friends who donate items they no longer want to my art work collection.
You can start your own project by taking something you have in a drawer (even a greeting card will work), putting interesting bits and pieces together. You might be surprised by what you come up with!
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