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 11 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, and grandmother to two wonderful granddaughters. The fourth love of my life is Daisy, a Rat Terrier I rescued from the pound.
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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