I am currently an unemployed graphic artist after spending the last 20+ years in the newspaper business. I have always had an appreciation for fine art and have tried my hand in many different art mediums (embroidery, cross-stitching, crocheting, mosaics, glass etching, sewing, graph paper designs, and on and on). I am advanced in crochet and filet crochet, and bought a fancy (expensive) embroidery machine, which I have found is not as much fun or challenging as doing it yourself. My philosophy is the more tedious it is, the more I enjoy it. I am too much a perfectionist for my own good (but I'm working on that). I got into doing mosaics working with granite and marble. This is a very expensive hobby as you can imagine and as you can imagine. I would cut all the little pieces from 12" square tiles myself. To buy the pieces already cut, would have just been too much of an expense. My husband and I purchased a big fancy wet tile jigsaw in which I could cut custom shapes from the tiles. Mosaics, as much I loved it, was making me physically sick and I gave it up. I have always loved stained glass (never tried an actual stained glass piece), but I did a lot of research on the subject and came close. I also have developed a love of fabrics and there are so many that have a "stained glass" or marble look to them, that I decided that if I couldn't work with actual glass or marble tiles, then why not try to imitate the same look through the use of fabrics? That's what I did and the result was amazing. I do not have any professional art training or degrees, but I research, research, research and learn as much as I can on the medium I'm working on. Quilting Arts has been a HUGE help in the area of research and learning. I now have a piece in a gallery and am working on getting them more stuff per their request. I live in upstate New York with my husband, am a mother of 2 children and a huge cat.