I am a multiple-media artist, photographer, and author who divides my time between the mountains and the seashore. I grew up on the Jersey Shore and have since lived up and down the East Coast – mainly in New York and Massachusetts.
I enjoy putting traditional brush to paper and canvas, but sometimes life is just too busy to worry about cleaning up my studio – so I started using a digital platform a few years ago to clean up a few paintings that I just didn’t quite love. The results were so inspiring that I now think of my physical paintings as the foundation for digital art.
I love creating images that inspire others – so you can find links to my various shops in the sidebar and on the top menu. Because there are so many interesting things to paint and photograph, a cohesive portfolio isn’t in my near future. The proceeds from my art sales go into a fund to make my family’s dream of owning a tiny vacation home by the sea a reality.
My fascination with the sea continues to inspire me and I was lucky enough to marry a man who loves sitting by the water as much as I do. I hope you enjoy poking around this site.
The Story of Sand and Chi Art
Back in 2012, I posted a painting of orange poppies on Cafepress on a whim – and it sold as a shower curtain again and again. That gave me an idea, so I started designing shower curtains from my art. Being an entrepreneur has caused me to give up a few of my other hobbies (like my garden which is now a sleeping spot for deer because it’s so overgrown they have great cover) but I wouldn’t change it at all.
My goal is to build Sand & Chi over the next few years so it becomes retirement income for me – and so it buys my family a small vacation home on Boston’s North Shore. The house would give us more time together and provide us with a place to go without worrying about making it match everyone’s schedule. I’m excited every time I do something to further Sand & Chi’s success.
For a while, I kept thinking that I should finally settle on a “style” – a sort of artistic signature but the truth is, I’m inspired by so many things that picking just one is well…silly. So I create whatever I want – and then sell it across a variety of platforms. I’ve learned a little about that process along the way and from time to time I post about those experiences. If you’re curious then check out the links on the header. You’ll see I sell different designs through different sites – it’s part of my journey.
The story of Sand and Chi Jewelry
On vacation a few years ago, my aunt saw a stretch ring that she fell in love with. It was a simple design but she was so thrilled because she could finally wear the one piece of jewelry she always loved again – rings! Arthritis had made standard rings impossible for her but stretch rings were a total revelation and the joy that small stretch ring brought her was priceless.
I hunted the internet to buy her more for Christmas that year, but found a very limited selection. So, being creative, I decided to make her a few. She was so excited to have choices that I opened an Etsy shop to sell the “extras”. Rings became earrings, and then pendants, then bracelets….
Then life got crazy – as it does when we get a little older – so the shop has been closed temporarily because I can’t keep up with the demands of running a solopreneur operation at this point! I’m still creating jewelry, and hope to open the shop again in the near future.
A note about copyright: These images are original artwork so therefore, they are intellectual and artistic property protected under the intellectual property laws. Please do not re-post the photos or use them commercially without contacting the artist(sandandchi.wordpress.com).rt