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I am happiest when bringing my imagination to life in my studio with whatever inspires me in the moment. I am repeatedly drawn to vintage and time-worn items and thrill at the hunt for materials in flea markets, antique shops, thrift stores, and garage sales. I particularly love using doll parts and wings in my work.

Rarely do I start a project with a particular design in mind. Instead, my approach is organic and primarily spontaneous. A new project often begins with rummaging through my studio for inspiration. Fun happens as I play with various ideas, adding and rearranging materials while thinking through any construction challenges. The final assemblage invites the viewer to consider everyday objects with a new perspective and hopefully results in a smile.



Born and raised in a small farming community in western New York State, my Grandmother taught my sister and me to thread a needle at a young age. I learned to stitch in all manner of techniques. Together we shared our love of creating items to be used or adorned. Having a needle and thread in my hand is second nature. While my sister took to quilting I discovered beads.

I took a class on how to make beads with Faith Davis Ferris or my Quest II Studio. Honeoye Lake, NY. She enticed me with the flame. When I moved to Las Vegas, I discovered lapidary, wire wrapping, Art Clay Silver and Glass Fusing. I learn much from the internet and magazines. Inspired by different artists, I don't copy their artwork but add my twist.

When I relocated to Northern Virginia in 2009, one of the first things I did was join the Northern Bead Society where top artists present their latest creations and teach new techniques. Burke & Beads is my home for beads, classes and inspiration. I make my own beads and am always on the prowl for an eye-catching addition for one of my creations. e.g., an antique eyeball, cosmetic eyelashes, or other eclectic bit of bling. Adding all these elements to my creations makes them interesting and fun.

On a personal note, I am enjoying remodeling my home, working with my son in his business, outings with my grandchildren and creating jewelry that is truly one-of-a-kind piece. I am 60 plus years young and eventually I will retire... but not yet.

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