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I began selling jewelry in 2004 - jewelry that was manufactured by others. As my inventory grew, so did my interest in where the designs came from and how the construction of the pieces was achieved. Then I discovered beads. Small, beautiful orbs that are works of art in their own right. I found that I could create things of substance, beauty and meaning with a bit of wire, a few beads and some findings. Each completed piece gives me a marvelous sense of fulfillment and achievement. I'm primarily self-taught but have completed classes in wire wrapping at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Young Harris, GA. in 2008, Lost Wax Casting at Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC in 2007 and drawing with artist, Rebecca Zdybel in Myrtle Beach SC in 2013. In July 2012 one of my pieces was the winner of the Nina Design Tree of Life Jewelry Design Challenge. My work has been exhibited in the Trumbull Art Gallery in Warren, Ohio and also Treasures of the Earth Gem Shows in Ocean City, MD, Virginia Beach, VA, and Raleigh, NC; Gem Street USA Shows in Sharonville, Ohio, Indianapolis, IN and Berea, Ohio; Pinellas Mineral and Gem Show in Largo, FL and Frank Cox Productions in Clearwater, FL, Ft Myers, FL, St Petersburg, FL and Raleigh, NC. The design of a piece is the longest part of the process and I draw inspiration from the things around me, and from the beads themselves. I quickly became, and still am, enchanted by this process.