I’ve always loved being creative, studying art and art history in college. I have been painting and crafting my way through life. About 15 years ago I decided to try and fix one old broken brooch…and now I have over a million rhinestones and buy boxes of broken and forgotten brooches and try to restore them to their original beauty. I purchase my rhinestones in bulk, usually in their original packaging, so I know where they came from and how old they are. I love the pre-1950 Swarovski and Precosia Rhinestones. Their colors are beautiful, consistent and the sizing is exact.
I picked up painting again in 2009 and stick mostly to large canvases, using acrylics and ink washes.
As a side note, I always donate 10% of gross sales to two charities: Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Teenfeed.org (where I also volunteer as an youth advocate and ambassador).