Artist Bio

Here I sit wondering what someone would want to know about me, the artist. I’m just an ordinary person with an ordinary life. I have a husband of 32 years, two beautiful daughters and two wonderful son-in-laws. In the real world I function as a Dental Hygienist. I have had that title for nearly 16 years now. This is the job that pays the bills and supports my ongoing passion for glass and other arts.

I have been doing art in some form for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that always encouraged my exploration of art, although no one else was really interested. I was also very lucky to meet a man who has always told me I could…….who has been relentlessly patient and encouraging with my endless exploration of almost EVERY art medium. Someone who, bless his heart, has remained patient with me as he has been dragged into the middle of another of my “projects”. Helping me search for “this” or building “that” for me….He is my hero!

At this point, glass seems to be the chosen passion! I do also enjoy quilting, beading, knitting, and gardening (if that is an art). I have an obsession for ALL things shiny, sparkly, and bright “happy” colors. My husband says that I must have been a magpie in a former life. I discovered glass about 9 years ago, after the death of my father. I was having a pity-party, and needed something “new” to think about. After taking an introduction to fusing class, I was hooked! From that point on I have been a self taught artist. I read books, scour the internet, and talk to any other artist that will talk to me. I love to learn about, and try new techniques.

It has taken a long time for me to admit that my pieces are art. That seems like a very strong word to me; after all, I’m just an ordinary person. But I rarely wear a piece of my jewelry out without receiving a compliment. The greatest compliment that anyone can give me is wanting a piece of my art for themselves or to give as a gift to a friend.

I truly enjoy creating, and it makes me happy when my art finds a home with someone that loves it as much as I do. When you own a piece of my art there is a little bit of me hanging out with you also!

Enjoy!!

Rita