The process of making art comes easily to me, I don’t suffer as other artists are known to do, I enjoy every second of creating my work. If I live to be 1000, most of my ideas will still not have been realized. However, explaining myself ‘as an artist’...this is not easy. Words like ‘motivation’ and ‘inspiration’ mostly make me laugh…... they’re just not me. I simply love to make art!
Plus, 'inspiration' should not need to be explained. Most good artists find it in everything they see, or even hear, and in everyone they meet.
I have had no formal training as far as art school or college is concerned. A few months at Chic School of Fashion (long defunct) in NYC at 18, taught me how to make garment patterns. This served me well in my fashion and costume days. It also served to teach me not to trust fellow students (sons of 'garmentos') when they offered to walk me back to my apartment and wash my hair!
Over the years, workshops with Sheila Hicks, Walter Nottingham, Vera Lightstone and Warren Seelig raised my art to a new level and I appreciate all they taught me. The keystone piece in my well- received solo exhibit in 1990, was an artwork created at a two-week workshop by Seelig held at the Haystack School of Crafts in Maine. It was the beginning of my 'real' art experiences.
The beading part of my work began as a child when I discovered my cousin's sequin/bead box. Pandora couldn't have been more curious. Then, in my teens, I began designing and making costumes for Carnivals in Puerto Rico, and later designed and made bridal and debutants' dresses. My sportswear designs were featured in Vogue magazine when I was 21.
After many years 'away' from beading, my totally beaded cow 'La Mooochachka' was juried into CowParade NY in 2000 and was sold for charity for $17,000.00...my beading gene kicked in again (no pun intended, Mrs. O'Leary!) and thus began my interest in beading once again, as evident in my jewelry.
Through the years, I have received many grants, two residencies and much help from my children so that I might continue my work.
Two of my pieces were chosen to be in an exhibit called “9x9x3” at the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Art and Design) in New York City. This show traveled throughout the US for 4 years. I also have a piece in the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University, in the permanent collection of the National Association of Women Artists. This collection contains eminent artists such as Mary Cassatt, Louise Nevelson and Judy Chicago and I am overwhelmed to be in such august company.
A commission, which I installed a few years ago, was for the La Concha Hotel in San Juan, PR. Eight glass cases, each 6’x6’x14" were installed in the lobby; each contain a colorful hanging consisting of small hand-painted silk rectangles. Almost 7000 pieces were used for this project. It was shown in the August 2009 issue of Architectural Digest and is shown in detail on this website.
My work can be found in many countries, in residences, corporate offices and hotels in the US, the Caribbean, South America and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I was born.
ARTIST NOTE ON COMMISSIONS
By far, the best start to a successful commission is for me to visit the site personally and get a feel for the area. If this is not possible, the next best thing is for the clients to provide plans, elevations, pictures or videos that will help me to create something special for their home or corporate setting.
Swatches of fabrics, rugs and wall treatments (paint chips, wallpaper, etc.) are always helpful as well, to give me an idea of colors and textures. An accurate measurement of the area where the piece will be installed is a must; these should include placement of fixtures and furniture placed nearby. An unexpected ceiling fan could seriously thwart a well-planned installation!
Shipping and handling expenses are not included in the artwork proposals, nor are my visits to the site prior to submitting them. These will be billed separately, as well as my participation in any installation of the art. These additional sums may be estimated on a separate proposal if needed.
I use only the best materials for my work to ensure your satisfaction. Also, I take special time and care to create a fine piece of artwork. If part of the execution of the work is not to my satisfaction, you may be sure it will be, un-done, un-sewn, un-woven, un- glued or un-beaded and re-done until I am totally and completely satisfied!
Despite all this, however, I take a certain pride in knowing that I have always delivered my projects on schedule (I give myself extra time for tweaking!). My suggestion toward the success of the project is that when you give me dates for delivery and/or installation, you make sure that the site is, in fact, finished and ready for the artwork. This avoids having storage problems and situations where the art could be soiled or damaged.
After all, my aim is that you cherish and enjoy my artwork!