I was born and raised in northern California, into a family who valued the pleasures and restorative aspects of nature. My husband and I are working toward retirement and currently reside in Charlotte, NC during the week and call Leicester, NC home most weekends. It has been a long-time dream to live in the mountains!
I grew up in a crafty family who were always busy creating – practicing the art of DIY before it was a “thing”. I have enjoyed creating gadgets and things for and around the house my entire life, from hand-made Christmas ornaments to building projects. I often see or think of a project and think, “I can do that!” Sometimes it works, and other times, not-so-much. Regardless, I love the idea of creating and working with my hands and mind!
My “Happy Art” has evolved from a small little hobby to more of a therapeutic adventure! I made my first piece several years ago after caring for my terminally ill sister, Jennifer. Her sixteen year old daughter, who is extremely artistic, made a wood-burned and painted piece for her mom for Christmas… and so it began. “I can do that!”
Growing up, I learned the value and importance of taking care of the earth and like to consider how things might be used and re-used. As my passion to create “Happy Art” grows, it is becoming more and more clear that re-creating and making things new again is the directions to which I am heading. I hope you will enjoy this fun, one-of-a-kind, usable art. New and found wooden items are transformed by wood burning and paint. The vibrant colors and nature-inspired designs say "HAPPY!"
We are all creating and re-creating ourselves in one way or another. So, if we must, we may as well BE HAPPY ON OUR JOURNEY!!