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Personal pages are always hard to create, but here's the story of my life (or at least that part of it that might be of current interest.) You can also view my resume, complete with Design Notes for the various websites that I maintain.
One of these days I'll get a beading resume together to highlight my accomplishments as a bead artist!
I'm currently working as a Network Analyst and Webmaster for the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The largest part of the job is creating and maintaining the department's many websites - currently numbering 18. Other interests of mine include beading (as can be seen from the rest of this site!), reading science/fiction and fantasy, getting together with friends and playing RoleMaster (a fantasy roleplaying game,) and gardening.
My passion for beads began in 1996, and has slowly pushed other interests into the background as the fascination grew. Beads have allowed me to explore my artistic side and express myself in ways I had never been able to do before. Designing new techniques and patterns became part of the process. As with most bead artists, I started out with jewelry projects, but as my skills increased, I've increasingly found myself moving away from jewelry and into large intricate beaded art pieces, although I still make jewelry when exploring a new stitch or designing a project for a class. I don't claim to produce art with deep meaning - most of my work is done simply because I like making beautiful things.
The links below show some of my favorite flowers from my old garden. I fell in love with Asiatic lillies (also known as bulb lillies) ever since they first bloomed in my garden. Most of the plants stayed behind at the old house, but I did moved a couple of favorites. A lot of the plants were "grandkids" of plants from my mother-in-law's garden. (I pretty much stick with perennials - once the initial work is done, they are relatively maintenance-free.) I've got a wonderful daylily called Prairie Blue-Eyes that finally bloomed. It's an amazing color of purple/blue, with a yellow/green throat. Very striking. Hopefully I can get a picture of it to post soon. In the meantime, enjoy the bulb lily pictures.
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