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I was born in Banff and raised in Canmore, AB.
My mom tells me that I was always drawing and colouring as a kid. Any time I was “bored”, she would plop a colouring book in my hands, and I would be satisfied for hours. I do remember loving to colour, but don’t feel like it was a huge part of my life as a child. I was more concerned with running amok in the neighbourhood and playing outside. As a pre-teen and teenager, I would doodle like crazy on any piece of paper I could get my hands on. Sometimes while I chatted on the phone (with my girlfriends I had just seen at school) for hours on end, I would doodle and scribble on the phone book (and the PHONE!!) until it was totally ruined with ink that had soaked through and destroyed the front cover. My mom would be so happy to get a new one and would threaten me with my life if I drew on it. However, the same pattern would eventually repeat all over again.
Once art classes started in school, I had a picture of “artists” in my mind, and let me tell you, I WASN’T it! I couldn’t draw a mountain, a face or an animal. Therefore, I wasn’t an artist. I have vague recollections of my junior high art teacher trying to push me to let my expression out, but I was just so darn stuck with the thought that I wasn’t an artist, that I couldn’t let it out. For one particular project, however, we were given a box of scrap paper like wallpaper, construction paper etc. Out of this I managed to create a piece of art that, unbeknownst to me, was sent to the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto by my art teacher, and it was selected for display that summer. Supportive as they are, my parents took me to the CNE that year to look at this particular piece of art. We didn’t even know what we were looking for as I had no idea what had been sent. When we saw it we were all in shock that this crazy piece of art work would be selected amongst all submissions in Canada. As short lived as it was, that was the end of my art career as a student.
Then, at the age of 30, a chance pottery class in 2006 opened my eyes to a whole new world. My creative side was unleashed and it was, as Jack Troy said; “like losing a non-sexual virginity, my life was changed forever, and there was no turning back.” As I held the clay in my hands that first fateful night, my future flashed before my eyes, and I knew then where I was headed, and what I had to work towards. I seemed to just have the knack for letting my creations flow through me and immediately found my artistic voice. Funky, was a word I found used a lot when describing my pieces, and I myself enjoy “funky” things. Thus the name Funktifyd Creations was born. It didn’t take long before I started selling a few pieces here and there and things have just kept on building since then.
My creations have always had colour, texture and pattern as a constant. I wasn’t long doing pottery before I felt like it was very difficult to get the colour palette that I desired. Somewhere along the way I grabbed a couple books on Polymer Clay, which definitely satisfied my need for colour, and the patterns and textures I could create was astounding. I still create with Polymer Clay and thoroughly enjoy the never ending creative possibilities that it exhibits.
It was during this time that I got a little Art Crazy! I couldn’t get enough. I bought books, tried as much as I could, researched on the internet, and gained as much knowledge and understanding that I could about many different mediums. I also realized that I get bored very easily. When I get sick of one thing, I immediately jump to something else. I took classes in Stained Glass, which I then jumped into full force. I did many sun catchers and one large piece, which all sold quite well, but have now largely left it. I still have my equipment “just in case”, but I don’t have a dedicated space which makes it difficult.
I do brightly coloured micro-macrame necklaces and bracelets that I incorporate my Polymer Clay designs into, and I still do drawing with ink and watercolour pencil crayons. I like to paint sometimes, but I find that I do better with a pen or pencil, then I do with a brush. However, I realize that all I probably need is some practice, which I don’t allow myself very often, as I get bored and annoyed with the fact that my lines aren’t perfect, so I move onto something else.
I enjoy sewing and would love to have more time to commit to that, but I know that when I am ready, it will all fall into place. Earlier this year (2014), I discovered Spoonflower and was awed and inspired by what my drawings could become. By mirroring my designs and repeating them on fabric, I felt as though all of what I had been doing, now made sense. I had arrived! This started me on a crazy 4-5 month journey of creating fabric designs, gift wrap and wallpaper, all of what Spoonflower can provide. I still maintain a portfolio on the website, but have largely left that for now to chase my latest craze which is Fractals.
I have appreciated Fractal Art for many years, but never conceived of the notion that I could create it. One day in July 2014 a facebook friend posted a link to a new App that he had been playing with called FRAX. I immediately was drawn to the image he made and checked it out right away. In no time I was creating magical images that I fell in love with. This discovery has launched me into a crazy and wonderful direction in my life. My fascination with Colour, Texture and Patterns has all come into play and I am incredibly amused by it all. Recently I purchased my first MAC computer and have downloaded new software to create Fractals called Wildfire. I am excited by the many opportunities that this digital medium will bring me and I can’t wait to continue producing Fractal Art.
Please stay tuned and follow me on this crazy artistic journey that I have found myself on. I will update this document frequently as I discover new and exciting possibilities around every corner.