Four-year-old Britt: “I drank my tea may I go to the bathroom?”
Grandma: “yes you may”
After going to the bathroom I would always make a pit stop to the jewelry box of wonders on her vanity. I would look but never touch.
Grandma: Brittany what are you doing?
Four-year-old Britt: “I’m just looking”
Through her treasure trove, I became acquainted with aquamarines, pearls, and diamonds, my first best friends. The reflections of dancing light captivated me one stone at a time. Each stone was magical and glimmered differently within the light. My encounter with the glimmering lights inspired me to obtain a Bachelor of Arts and a graduate gemologist degree. Long story short my interest in jewelry, rocks, and minerals came first but also influenced my interest in art. Both art and rocks have a point of convergence throughout history. Organic and inorganic rocks were used to create paints before the creation of synthetic alternatives. The vivid colors in paintings captivate me in the same way as the glimmering lights of gemstones.