Dancing Tree Treasures
I learned that a piece of art was the sum of thinking outside the box, unique artistic ability, and actually crafting the idea using your hands.
For me, art is and always has been, a way of life. I grew up surrounded by artists and learned to pursue creative thinking and the value of hand crafted items. My Uncle Graham, my Aunt Judy, and my Father are all artists in their own right. My Grandma Zeigler hand crafted every single holiday gift, every single year, for her 5 children, their spouses, and her 12 grandchildren.
My Nana Hetrick was an accomplished seamstress, loved color, and turned cooking into an art form. Over the years she painted thousands of Christmas cookies by hand to hang on trees and give as gifts. My mother was an accomplished seamstress, sewing most of the clothes for her three children to wear throughout their childhood. I grew up in a house that did not have a television until I was ten years old. We were taught to entertain ourselves. We painted, formed clay, and did woodworking with my Dad in the evenings. I learned how to work with fiber and many forms of sewing with my Mom.
I learned that a piece of art was the sum of thinking outside the box, unique artistic ability, and actually crafting the idea using your hands. This process entails a large learning curve that is never really complete. However, I have found that it is not only the finished product that brings me joy and a sense of accomplishment, but the actual journey of the creating. I enjoy working with many different mediums. So, after college degrees in Chemistry and Biology, and many years working in the medical field, most commonly you will find me designing jewelry or working with fiber.