Something Out Of Nothing

A defining characteristic of #Huichol beading is the expert creation of color gradients. These color gradients drew me in and left me wanting more. Intensely beautiful, I can’t get enough of fine, Huichol beadwork that takes your eyes on a journey from light to dark in one tiny setting

As far back I can remember, I loved lining up my crayons and creating a gradual shift in colors. Attempting to come as possibly close to mimicking the colors I saw in the natural world With flowers, and sunsets and the creamy transition inside a coral pink shell.

My fascination with color has changed very little since those early days of waxy creations. I still love attempting to duplicate subtle shifts in color, lending a realistic appearance to a subject.

Through the use of color gradients in beads, I am closer to achieving what I found nearly impossible to create in the 1 and only painting class I took as a college Junior. I think it’s the concrete color options in beads that appeal to me. Whereas my inexperienced painting technique created muddy layers of paint as I attempted in vain to achieve a fiery sunset beads, not paint, just seem to “make sense” to me. I rarely tire from the challenge of creating a color gradient that is not only pleasing to the eye, but accurately replicates a subject’s life-like appearance.

For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching a creation take form. I love seeing a design take on a life of its own—seemingly out of nothing. One of my favorite views of my artwork is when the portion of my work is surrounded by a sea a wax. As if this beautiful thing has organically bubbled up from the surrounding layers of wax. It’s a pleasure I wish more people could see, giving context and perspective to a final piece.

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