What’s your background? My background is finance and law. For over 25 years, I worked in Portland as a trust and estate paralegal with an emphasis on tax work. Prior to that, I lived in Los Angeles and worked as an internal financial auditor, real estate agent (sold condos on the beach!), and mortgage loan officer. I was born and raised in LA and graduated from USC with a degree in Finance.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word? One word to describe me… curious. I am extremely curious about how things work and how they are made. I research a lot of things that seem to have no bearing on me or what I am doing, but I’m just so curious.
Where do you create? I create in my basement – it’s not a pretty space, but the luxury of it is that everything is always set up and ready to go so I can create any time I want.
What motivates/inspires your work? Besides the beeswax itself, I would say shapes – visually interesting shapes from nature and vintage objects. But for my work, the shape also needs to be reasonably symmetrical so that the resulting candle burns well.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created? Too many to choose… but if I had to choose only one of my 200+ molds to keep, it would be the footed St. Nicholas – I put a huge amount of time and effort into finding it, and now I also own the master (from which the vintage candle company(ies) made their molds). The footed St. Nicholas candle is not particularly impressive nor is it a customer favorite, but for whatever reason, I love it.
What do you like to do when you’re not creating? I love cooking for family and friends, gardening, traveling, reading, working on genealogy, and camping.