Born and raised in a small town near Cape Cod. I grew up as a wandering soul, "willow of the wisp" as my grandmother used to call me in search of something profound. I was always in touch with nature being that I had a hard time making friends in a town that had little to no minorities. I was one out of three African American students, including my sister, in an all white school. I needed something to identify myself with to make me feel like I belong. With no surprise, I could only find that at home.
My grandmother was a strong, proud woman with Native American background, my grandfather was a hard working man from the Cape Verde Islands. They raised my sister and me to be respectful, proud, strong woman.
My grandmother past away in 2002. The loss of her left me lost. I felt trapped and alone wandering in a world of seclusion. I needed help healing that no one could give me nor did I except, I needed my grandmother. After months gone by, I started to feel again and started to bead. I developed a talent that became therapeutic and very personal to me. It is a representation of myself and how I'm feeling in the moment of creating.
I feel and see my grandmother in every piece that I make. Her voice telling me, "don't be afraid to be yourself. Keep strong, be proud, stay beautiful and to love yourself."
Made with love and care, each piece has its own characteristics and are one of a kind.