I was always creative, even as a child. I was raised in a family of musicians. My grandad is a chamber orchestra director and my parents both work full time in the orchestra, my dad being a violinist and my mom a cellist. Growing up in my home, there was art everywhere and I was always involved in some type of art form: I danced ballet for almost 10 years, I played piano, and I liked to paint. And even though I stopped painting to focus on my career and my family after graduating high school, art always remained in my life in some way or another.
When I moved to Canada, I didn’t bring any of my art supplies as I had stopped painting for about 10 years at that point. But something about living in Norman Wells inspired me to start again. It is such a beautiful place surrounded by the mountains and the river - I just felt I had to pick up my paintbrushes. I taught myself watercolour to paint the landscapes, and eventually started painting portraits because I wanted pictures of my kids on the walls! I have now been creating watercolour portraits since 2017.
I started making jewelry in 2015 and currently create a line of handcrafted sterling silver jewelry that incorporates a real snowflake in each piece. Having grown up in a tropical climate, I had never seen snow until I was in my thirties. I always thought that to see the details in a snowflake, you had to look at it through a microscope. But when I actually saw a shimmering snowflake and all its intricate details, I was in awe. I remember calling my mom to tell her right away! That’s when I started the long journey of developing a snowflake preservation technique so I could include them in my jewelry designs which are simple enough to wear all year round, but extra special because of the snowflake. I currently have four different designs for this line and I am planning to add new ones every year.
The beauty of the North is what inspires me, its landscapes, wildlife, culture and people. I like to pay attention to natural elements and shapes for inspiration. I keep a sketchbook of daily drawings for painting and jewelry ideas. The feeling of creating is what I enjoy the most. I love to be able to imagine something and to see it as a finished product. I love the feeling of completion, of having brought my vision to life.