I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada). I come from a family of extremely creative people so I always had someone to look up to, learn from, and make art with. I was pretty sure from a very young age that I was going to go to art school.
I left Winnipeg after high school to do what all Jewish kids from Winnipeg did — go to Israel for a few months. My few months turned into living in Israel for 12 years, getting married, having a beautiful baby boy, becoming a kibbutz member, and, eventually, going to art school!
Living on a small, young kibbutz in northern Israel, there were always more important things to be done. Thinking about art school was going to have to wait. I spent my spare time designing kids toys out of plastic pop bottles, decorating for holidays, creating huge wedding cakes in many shapes, designing the occasional ketubah for friends, and waiting patiently.
I finally made it to art school when Aaron started grade one. We moved from Adamit to Vancouver, Canada in 1986 and I had a wonderful and exciting career as a designer for nearly 25 years. In 2011, I retired from that life to follow my path as a ketubah artist, and, I guess, artist in general. I opened my Etsy shop, and never looked back.
The next few years were an assortment of amazing adventures. Marc and I sold most of our possessions, and, with nothing but a travel bag each, traveled around the world. Since my work is digital, my art studio traveled with me on my back. I designed and shipped orders from wherever we were. It was an amazing gift we gave ourselves to be virtual nomads. It gave us an unique perspective on life that we both cherish. But with our first grandchild on the way, it was time to settle down for the next chapter of our lives. Brooklyn, where Aaron settled, is now our home base. However, we continue to travel at least three months a year to destinations near and far.
My body of work is constantly influenced by the world we explored and continue to experience every year. I try to keep my offerings fresh with new techniques I learn along the way as well as the cultures and traditions that we explore that become part of my soul.
I hope you will follow along!