I was born just outside of Chicago to a proud Polish father from the heart of the city and a down-to-earth Illinois farm girl. My family moved to Colorado Springs when I was a 1-year-old, the youngest of seven children. Today, I consider myself a Colorado native.
My father’s family members were creative: illustrators, fine-woodworking furniture makers, and interior decorators. My mother’s family dedicated themselves to making the best Midwestern farm food around!
My childhood was far from lacking in creativity. We painted the windows for holidays, built custom home furnishings, and tried new recipes regularly. After graduating high school, I attended Adam’s State College and received a bachelor’s degree in fine art.
After college, I worked in the culinary field until my late 40s. Food was a marvelous, multi-sensual media to work in. I thoroughly enjoyed it and always considered it a form of sculpture.
I was very inspired by the works of sculptor Starr Kempf as a child. My family would visit his home and admire the sculptures as smoke, flames, metal, and sparks would emerge from his studio as he worked. This intrigued me deeply.
I have always longed to be a metalsmith, sculptor, fine wood worker, and painter. Therefore, in pursuit of this ongoing desire, I recently left the culinary field.
Earning both an associate degree and certification, I completed the welding and metal fabrication program at Trinidad State College. Today, my artwork longs to capture the fluidity of movement and vast emotional influence of color on our lives.