In a past life I am certain that I was one of the women in the community who hummed ancient songs while I braided baskets or mashed herbs for poultices. I know I’ve been a creator because that is something that rings true for me everyday.

The act of building, shaping, sewing, planting and so on, is what I need to sleep easy at night. It’s what makes my day worth it all.

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Generally, food is my creation.  Spending time with each ingredient and sautéing something wonderful is an easy way for me to satisfy my needs to make. But of course, there is a lot more to Nadia that just cooking.

My mom has always stressed the word unique when describing my ever-changing interests and desires.

Down to the core of me I am attracted to all things nature. Flora, fauna, astrology, bugs, ancient ruins, mythology…
I pick up new hobbies often, and for most, just as quickly loose interest or move onto something new.

One thing that I’ve been rather inspired by is balance. I never intended my mobiles and wall hangings to be admired by anyone other than myself and my dogs. I do believe that this pure openness to creative makings is what does attract others to the art as well.

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In my early twenties I was living in an adorable cottage in the middle of the woods. Living on this mountain top was as close to ancient living as I have ever come. You relied on your neighbors, everyone kept a garden, some of us foraged, and all of us were outdoor enthusiasts.

I was lucky to be in company of great neighbors who never let me be without wine or good foods. I would gift back treasures from the woods, like wild blueberries, wildflower bouquets, and wintergreen.

It was so romantic. Everything was as easy and simple as I wanted it to be.

I didn’t build my home, but I did build my life there. It was just me, my pups and my gardens. So sweet!

The slow life and introverted-me fell into a pattern. On the weekends I would set up my art studio on the large covered front porch and tediously create dozens of mobiles from sunrise to sunset.

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Since I love nature, and mystic ancient anything, I have become a rather spiritual person. Believing in the powers of the universe and if you need something you ask.

I had been indulging myself with the idea that I could telepathically communicate with my dogs (like my mom said… very unique). A friend of mine read a spirit deck of cards one day and said that if I needed something to ask my dogs. Finding this to be oh so amazing, hilarious, and yet again interesting, I decided to give it a try.

I took my dogs to the woods that day, closed my eyes and “connected”. In my mind’s eye I asked all three dogs for bones. I flashed images of white bones, skeletons of animals, and skulls in my minds-eye and sent my message to the fur babies.

Opened my eyes and we continued our hike. It wasn’t even two minutes later that my golden retriever- lab lept over a log, scuffled around, and bounded back to me instantly with a full set of vertebra and skull of a adult doe.

I actually laughed out loud into the trees, stashed the bones, and went about the rest of our hike completely pleased with our work.

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Bones and other natural materials have been a key element to my art. Bones, and vertebrae specifically, have a beautiful shape. This makes crafting something to look beautiful easier for me.

I had some dried flowers from my childhood garden, hemlock cones, and acorn caps and a prized mason jar of hand shaped beads from an old artist I once knew. All of the ingredients to make something magical and wonderful.

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Where to find my work:

Cottrill’s Opera House, Thomas, WV

Buxton Gallery, Thomas, WV

Private Collection, Morgantown, WV