My artistic journey encompasses a wide range of experiences. I began studying Design and Drafting Engineering Technology. (Associates-Ricks College, Idaho) In the summer before my last semester and graduation, I did some artistic projects, which reawakened the creative and artistic elements that I enjoyed so much in high school. This time I researched the major that would allow artistic expression, but that would also be financially secure compared to that of an artist.
Graphic design (Bachelor of Arts-BYU, Utah) was the next emphasis for study, which was a great foundation for design principles. But, two dimensional design was not opening the doors to the unknown medium for which I yearned. I took a class in hand bookbinding, which gave life in a new application and medium involving three dimensional design. This led to an internship in bookbinding and book conversation at the BYU Conservation Lab. While attending college, I worked at a museum quality frame shop making karat gold frames. I started making hand carved, gold boxes for my hand-bound books, which launched my passion for artistic expression. I spent two years making gold boxes and carved wall plaques, and was then able to start my own business.
My business, Au Books-Boxes-Frames, manufactured mostly gold, antique replica frames. My time was focused on frame design, karat gold gilding, finishing, and management. After nine years I decided to find the paths that would allow me to focus on art.
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