I am a flower and heirloom vegetable farmer, goat cheesemaker, copper artist and abstract painter. I grew up with horses, cows, chickens, freshly picked vegetables and home made ice cream on our third-generation family dairy farm within the city limits of the resort community of Hot Springs, Arkansas. As a teenager, I longed for a completely different experience – an opportunity I found in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
After graduation, against all the cautionary advice of my professors, I moved to New York City to begin my career in the world of advertising and publishing. After a decade of working with some of the biggest names on Madison Avenue and the publishing world I was eager to try my hand at yet another career. So I packed my bags and moved to Dallas to enroll at The Art Institute of Dallas. Even though I sought work as a writer working my way through school, I continued to get jobs in nurseries and florist. It was after art school I began to make and sell my copper crosses along with the seasonal assignments as a photo stylist for the Dallas Morning News in the Home & Garden Section while working full time at a florist.
An opportunity to move back to my hometown unexpectedly opened when I received a commission to create 7 copper fountains for the Arkansas Flower Show. With no studio to create such large pieces I packed my bags and moved back to Hot Springs and worked in my parents 3 car garage. This move was completely unplanned as a career move. But one thing lead to another and 10 years ago I built a small dog trot house made of corrugated metal in the rural community of Bismarck (30 minutes south of Hot Springs) where I run a 2 acre flower and vegetable farm, make chevre and feta from the milk my small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats provide, gather eggs from a small flock of chickens and a studio to create my copper crosses, metal yard and abstract paintings. “Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I spent a lifetime looking for the happiness that had been right in front of me all along, here on Blooming Wands Farm.”
These days, my focus is on developing and expanding my flower and vegetable farm through my sales of seasonal bouquet subscriptions that are delivered or picked up at my farmers market booth and expanding to providing fresh flowers to local florist. This website provides links to flowers & vegetables, dairy products, jams & jellies, and artwork.