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Beth McCurdy

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”~Vincent Van Gogh

I started out my creative journey in the early 90’s when I was working as a mental health counselor. I took a job working on Saturdays at a bead shop which led to a small business teaching jewelry making and selling my jewelry pieces. Oh, how I loved working with semi-precious gemstones and manipulating sterling silver wire. I still will occasionally make jewelry today. The natural progression of creating led to drawing, painting, working with clay, and any other type of medium that I could get my hands on. I decided a long time ago that I’ve never met a medium that I didn’t like.

A good friend of mine, who is a high school art teacher, suggested some years back that I try art journaling. She insisted that the more that I “play” in my art journal without worrying about mistakes, the deeper that my creativity will grow. What I’ve discovered about myself is that I love layers, texture, and trying new things that I’ve never seen before. The best part of being an artist is that there are no rules other than being authentic and true to yourself. I love to work with wood, acrylic and oil paint, vintage paper, beads and wire, oyster shells, resin, clay, decorative napkins, alcohol ink/sprays and liquid gold leaf. I live in Blue Mountain Beach with my husband and rescue standard poodle named Seymour.

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