Today we’d like to introduce you to Rochelle Reed.
Rochelle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My whole life I’ve loved pebbles. Whether skipping them across a glass calm pond or keeping my favorites and labeling where they were found. I also have an appreciation for art and have dabbled in mixed media for a while… so why not combine them into unique artwork.
I feel that the simplest things found such as pebbles, wood, repurposed metal items, seashells, sea glass, and sea pottery can tell a “story”. Each story is as unique as the people that hang the art on their walls.
I love hearing the memories and stories that my pebble art pieces evoke.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Doing what you love is never easy. There are bumps and self-doubt along the way. You are hoping that people “love” the same thing that you “love” and that is not always the case. There are no guarantees in life. Just stay true to yourself and keep going!
What should we know about Found Treasures and Artful Creations – Simply Made By Ro? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I love creating art from found items. Some people refer to my one-of-a-kind work as almost folk-art-like in its simplicity.
My pebbles and materials are from many different locations around the world. Pebbles from rivers, lakes and dry washes from my hikes around Arizona, Lake Michigan or Lake Erie beaches, beautiful Alaska rivers or beaches to name a few. The sea glass and sea pottery is from a friend that lives on a Scottish island and sometimes a rare small find from another friend in Alaska. The wood comes from Lake Erie beaches or areas within Arizona. The rusty metal elements are from Sedona, Arizona, Alabama or Arkansas usually.
I think what sets me apart is that I do not change what nature created. I use the materials in their natural found form… no polishing, cleaning or coloring. Rust, dirt, sand, dried grass, and thorns can often be found in my artwork.
Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
You never know if you don’t try…
- Website: www.SimplyMadeByRo.com
- Phone: 480-381-6329
- Email: Ro@SimplyMadeByRo.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/foundtreasures_artfulcreations
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoundTreasuresandArtfulCreations