Friday, March 20, 2009

Coral Reef Dreams Ocean Inspired Art

I often have wonderful dreams about diving on a beautiful coral reef and seeing fantasy coral gardens, fish and sea creatures from another world. I also have similar dreams about walking along a beach and seeing beautiful seashells like none I have ever seen washing up at my feet. So, I decided to name my ocean-inspired jewelry line Coral Reef Dreams.

I am an artist, photographer, jewelry designer. I scuba dive and photograph coral reefs and marine life, and use the photos as inspiration for my watercolor paintings and jewelry designs. I have been painting since I was in junior high school, but I just started making jewelry about two years ago.

Born on the Texas coast in Port Arthur, I spent a lot of time at the beach and fishing with Dad, and grew to love the ocean and seashore. I also love to collect seashells and beach glass, some of which get incorporated into my jewelry designs. I have a bachelor's degree in fine art from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and enjoyed a long career in graphic design and cartography, and eventually moved into geographic information system sales and marketing. In 2001, I left my job to become a full-time artist. My husband, Julian "Kent" Jacobson and I love to travel to tropical places to snorkel and scuba dive. Websites: (jewelry) (paintings, photography)