once upon a time I discovered rubber stamps and many, many years ago while I was in st. louis I made a long trip to find a stamp store. I fell in love with her designs. the following year the stamp store moved to her family's home and another long trip to buy more of her beautiful stamps. but this trip was different. I was beside myself when I was able to meet her and watch her create beautiful art using her stamps. it was my first experience watching an artist work. I was in love and I remember how kind she was. she showed me her work and I remember her desk and her tools and how she was surrounded by materials to create with. at that moment I started to dream. I dreamt that one day I too would have a space where I could play, create and perhaps inspire others.
during that trip my husband and I met her family. over the course of the next few years we spent many moments together and it became more than a story about an artist and her art. we became friends and every year looked forward to our trip to st. louis to see them. she supported me and encouraged me. she was always generous with her time and her artwork. over the years I watched how she evolved. new ventures and additions to the family. I will never forget the time we spent together. unfortunately our yearly trips stopped as my husband no longer had business in st. louis. we fell out of touch for awhile, but with the beauty of the internet and blogging I found her and we reconnected.
and again I am in awe of her talent and her desires and how she continues to dream and evolve. she is always supportive of others art and aspirations. just as I remember her way back when. kind, generous and that beautiful smile that lights up a room. I am sharing her story with you and hope that you will support her too.