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If my family had a motto when I was growing up, it would have been, “Keep your head low, don’t rock the boat and whatever you do, don’t draw attention to yourself”.   When I wanted to go to college, my father told me, “What do you want to do that for? You won’t be able to use it when you are married anyway”.  He wasn’t saying it to be mean.  He didn’t go to college, he went to work when he was 14 years old as the janitor at a bar,  and eventually taught himself how to become an auto mechanic. I have great admiration for his abilities, and I understand why he was reluctant to stand out in a crowd. When no one notices you are there, your failures, setbacks and struggles aren’t as noticeable either.

All  my life, I have had a burning passion to “be something” when I grew up, even though I had no idea how to go about it.  Somehow I’ve managed to do everything I ever set out to do, even if I didn’t do it as successfully as I thought I could have given what I thought I had to work with.  Take the film business for example.  I  have always loved movies and wanted to be involved with filmmaking as a kid, but I had no idea what that meant.  I was about to graduate from Oregon State University with a degree in Liberal Arts, and then Mt. Saint Helens erupted.  I had been corresponding with a woman who worked for Michael Douglas at the time, and she was fascinated by the fact that I lived so close to this natural disaster.  I sent her a jar of ash my grandmother had, and she wrote back with an offer to help me find a job when I moved to Los Angeles, so, I packed my Volkswagon Bug and headed south to stay with a friend from college until I could strike out on my own.

Since I didn’t want to be an actress, I spent twelve years reading screenplays when I wasn’t trying to write them. I was an adequate writer, and a decent story analyst, but neither pursuit was my passion. Eventually, I went to work for the Bodhi Tree Bookstore where I fell in love with some small gift gourds and once class later, was on my way toward becoming one of the best gourd artists on the planet.  I had no idea what I was doing; I didn’t know how to get into art shows, or galleries, how to display, price or market gourds, but somewhere along the way, I learned that not knowing what I was doing, or how to go about doing it, wasn’t as big of a drawback as I would have thought.  Ignorance really IS bliss, because I never let the word no, stop me from doing anything.

I love creating art, and I am rediscovering my passion for promoting it as well.  Maybe that’s because I honestly think this new collection is one of the most exciting things I have ever created.  I wake up in the middle of the night with things I want to write about or handbag designs I want to develop, and the process of watching them unfold is as inspiring as developing a plan of action on how to go about becoming the “next big thing”!