Little bit about myself . . . I am a self-taught artist, originally from California, and now living in the Land of Enchantment.
I became intrigued with art-on-an-egg during the early 1990’s, learning from books, from my sister who took a class, and from scouring the internet for designs and information.
My explorations eventually led to an interest in Eggshell Jewelry, when I happened on Jane Pollak’s wonderfully comprehensive book Decorating Eggs: Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs With Wax & Dye, where she explains the process of making eggshell jewelry using domestic goose eggshells. Through many months of trial and error, I finally settled on a technique using ostrich eggshells. I love working with the ostrich egg for its durability and its gently pebbled surface. Recently I have acquired a few Emu egg shells, and am experimenting with them using a vinegar etching technique.
I work from my home studio which is located on the outskirts of the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico, USA. We are at an elevation of 7000 feet, and from my window I enjoy a view of blue skies and Ponderosa pines. And birds, and chipmunks, and deer, and wild turkeys, and bobcats and other various critters.
My design inspiration comes from many sources, including (but not limited to) quilt block patterns, traditional ethnic designs, pueblo pottery art, country and folk art and – of course – Mother Nature.
My work has been featured in the Grand Galleria in Escondido, California along with a newspaper article showcasing my egg art. I was recently voted Artists Choice award by my fellow artists at the Labors Of Love Artists Showcase here in Timberon NM. I occasionally offer a series of pieces for sale where the profit goes directly to a charity.
Interviews and mentions on various online publications include:
- AuctionBytes Aug. 2010: EPIS Merchant Profile: Enchanted Hen Productions
- JennyHow Aug. 2010: Why Your Website Is Your Most Profitable Channel
Enchanted Hen Egg Art & Jewelry can also be purchased at the following online venues:
Locally, I have my work on display and for sale at the Timberon Art Gallery.