Dreams of treasure chests filled with gems & jewels; lost in my mother’s jewelry box; mesmerized by quartz sand sparkling on the beach; swooping up rocks that glitter in the sunlight; collecting vials and vials and strands of beads. I’ve always been drawn to the sparkly. And now I get to play with them all in the creation of my Sundreams!
A southwesterner at heart, I knew from childhood that I had been born in the wrong place. In the late 1980s I was able to move to New Mexico and shortly afterward, learned how to bead in the Native American technique of peyote, brick stitch and dangles. I created beaded jewelry for about seven years, foraying into the arts and crafts show circuit. Back then, we didn’t have the range of contemporary styles or beads available now, although I was one of the first few people who incorporated gemstone beads and other findings into bead art.
Galleries: Over the years I have exhibited Sundreams in stores, galleries, co-ops and art shows in Albuquerque, the East Mountains, Los Alamos, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. I enjoy participating in art shows, talking with the people who admire and hopefully buy my art.
Awards: My first submission to the New Mexico State Fair was in 2004 (Bead Mavens, Professional); a modest piece without dangles called “Hummer.” My thought was that since my work was unique, I should submit a simple, rather than an elaborate piece. Hummer took second place. The following year I submitted “Sun Grapes”, a vine woven Sundream with cascading grape clusters, prisms, beaded grape pots, and a single small glass hummer. It took first place. My last submission was “Hyacinth” in 2006, which again was awarded first place. Actually, when it comes to competition, I prefer competing against myself rather than anyone else.
Teaching Classes: I occasionally teach Sundream classes, and a student of mine won an award in the 2006 New Mexico State Fair amateur class for a Sundream piece she created, which was almost more thrilling than winning first place myself! They've since eliminated the Bead Mavens competition from the State Fair exhibitions.
Future Plans: I have no doubt that whatever comes, and for as long as I can, I will continue to explore the world of beads and crystal, and the creative possibilities for future Sundreams.