In short, I have a wide list of accomplishments, but I am most proud of my drive and flexibility to make my many passions a sustaining career. it wasn’t easy giving up a salaried job of 10 years, great benefits and paid health insurance, but to follow my dreams, do things on my own terms and make things manifest, to weave the magic – it was worth it. With years of hardwork, determination and practice have led me to this point #careerartist. I currently reside in Paducah, KY where I make magic and beautiful jewelry daily.
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I am a lifelong artist. Maybe it’s because I was an only child and a latch key kid left to spend hours entertaining myself. I would spend hours drawing whenever I could find the time, not to mention I would frequently get caught up in art projects at school for hours, getting so detailed and never having the time to finish them.
Fast forward to the mid 90’s, I was in college and took several drawing classes, photography classes and design classes. In 1999, I was doing photoshoots and in 2002, I even got to see some of my photos published as an authors photo for Robert Randisi. But alas, my Pentax K1000 couldn’t keep up with digital, so I scrapped that and continued on with my love of drawing.
In July 2001, I had a solo art show a small gallery in Clayton. I didn’t sell a damn thing, haha. And after a few commissioned art projects in ’01 and ’02, I put my art career on the backburner to focus on dance, yoga and my day job at an architectural firm in St. Louis.
In 2008, I started making my own jewelry out of animal bones. I was inspired by the natural beauty of a magical trip to visit my Aunt and Uncle in New Mexico. I was obsessed with collecting animal remains and curiosities. This is when Amorticious was born.
In 2015, I started painting and creating shadow boxes again, I had missed it and since then, I’ve sold over a dozen large paintings and over two dozen shadow boxes.
In the years 2010 – 2020, I was involved in producing and co-producing many art shows both large and small, inlcuding the now infamous Naughti Gras at Koken Art Factory. In 2013, I produced, curated, etc my first art show at Mad Art Gallery called Spirit of the Muse, it was an astounding success with over 300 people attending.
Then in 2016, I began cutting my own linoleum blocks and making block prints. I found it to be very therapeutic. I also worked on developing my painting technique and subject matter. Each painting is a process and a step in the evolution of my art and soul.
In the meantime, I am still making jewelry, painting, printmaking and you can find me vending locally, nationally and internationally in 2021 and beyond as the Universe allows.
In 1999, I discovered the joy of bellydancing. From my first class with Serena of Aalim, I was hooked and knew this was going to be a life long journey. My style is ever-changing and always evolving. I have a wide array of dance styling from cabaret to more hip hop flavor to theatrical and even ritualistic, but with the underlying theme of badassery.
I started teaching in 2006 and in 2008 my dance troupe, ERBD Gang was formed when I choreographed a skirt dance for my students to perform at a local hafla. I fell in love and started Exotic Rhythms Bellydance. I love the creative freedom and outlet that choreography (especially group choreos) and movement give me. It’s making a painting but using music, movement and dancers to create the masterpiece.
While the pandemic and then me moving away, has us not able to dance in person and therefore my weekly in person classes bit the dust. Now I am focusing on my solo work and doing online work through my friend, Shyama of The Stygian Collective (a worldwide community of metal and dark fusion dancers). Through thick and thin, I have come back to dance as one of my main forms of creative expression, it is my passion. No matter what is going on in life, dance is always there.
As of December 2020, I am available for online private lessons at a rate of 50$/hr, online workshops, online performances, online choreography creation and performance review. BOOK ME
I took my first yoga class in college in 1996, it has become an integral part of my life ever since. I needed a PE credit to graduate, to lose a good 30 pounds and to rebuild my confidence and self-esteem after taking a 3 year hiatus from any kind of physical activity. I found yoga to help accomplish all those needs. Fast forward to almost 14 years later, I had probably a thousand yoga sessions under my belt in all different styles when I finally decided to get my 200 hr RYT.
In 2010, I successfully completed my yoga training from Jaime Sanchez of East West Yoga Healing through Urban Breath in Dogtown. I subbed at UB on and off for the next year when they needed me while I figured out what I wanted to do with my certification. In 2011, I started teaching a weekly yoga class at Lotus Arts on Cherokee.
2012 – 2019, I taught clothing optional yoga out of my private studio. My group was the first co-ed women run group in this area. In 2017, I started teaching metal yoga at the Crack Fox. I firmly believe in the gospel of Metal music and verbal purging and purification. Instead of chanting “Om”, we chant mantras like, “Fuck this shit” or “Motherfucker”. I currently teach Metal yoga exclusively on my Patreon and one weekly online clothing optional yoga class.
I believe yoga and bellydance are both the union of spirit, mind and body and I incorporate a love yourself and listen to your body approach to all my classes. Take care of your body and it will take care of you. I am a living testament to this as just a mere three months after I fractured my spine in a climbing accident, I was able to do nearly all the activities I did before the fall.