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I was born in 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri and have spent most of my life in Indiana. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in 1986 with a double major in Art Education & Graphic Design. I enjoy working in a variety of artistic mediums including ceramics, metal works, fibers, sculpture, painting, printmaking & drawing. My first passion was black & white photography and my latest passion is fused glass, which has been my primary medium for the past 12 years. I studied lampworking with Sharon Owens at Inspired Fire in Lafayette, IN, a fused glass workshop with Mike Byers and continue to use studio space and Inspired Fire and at my home to create fused glass art. I am happily married to internationally renowned composer, G. Bradley Bodine and enjoy my life as artist, wife, friend and grandmother to two wonderful granddaughters. The newest love of my life is Abby, an Italian Greyhound mix I adopted from the Rover Rescue in Aurora IL.
I use bold, bright colors and balance simple shapes, forms and lines with negative space in my work. I feel my work differs from others because instead of making a literal interpretation of a "real" object, I break that form down to the most basic, elemental form of line, shape, texture and size. I follow along the path of past artists/designers like Kandinsky, Mondrian, Albers and Le Corbusier. My plates are intended to enhance a space with a shot of color and design. My intent for my jewelry is to create a bold object of beauty that will elevate the wearer’s sense of self. I also hope on some level they feel that same excitement I felt while creating what they now own.
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