The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
I have created art since I was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until I attended my first art retreat in Hampton, Virginia, did the artistic life I yearned for suddenly begin. That’s when I discovered dreams really do come true….as now, I am living it!
My love for metal work and gemstones, have become an ever -constant source of inspiration. When not teaching metal smith classes and working on new jewelry designs for upcoming classes, my new love of soulfully painting with acrylics, keeps me busy.
I have joyfully been following my life-long passion of making art, designing jewelry and sharing my love for teaching full-time, since retiring from Harris County and the financial world, in 2010. I have traveled to teach in Tucson & Phoenix, Arizona, as well as, Fullerton, San Jose, Santa Ana & Coronado, California. I taught in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as Paducah, Kentucky. Locally I've taught in Spring, as well as Round Top, Texas, for Vivi Magoo Presents. I've also taught in Houston, and now, in Katy, Texas.
I also taught for 4 years online, for Artful Gathering, and still have 7 DVDs on sale in their store. They can be found here: https://artfulgatheringshops.com/product-category/diane-cook/
I have been blessed to be published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Artful Blogging, Somerset Memories, Jewelry Affair, Marie, and Jewelry the zine. You can also find my work in several books, Bead Soup by Lori Anderson, The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer, and in a mixed media art competition book published by North Lights, called Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media. I was asked to be a contributing artist in Kristen Robinson's eBook, The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry, and was honored to be a Guest Curator for Crescendoh.com, sharing my story of how Art Saves, in May, 2010.
I was thrilled beyond belief, in the Summer of 2017, as Belle Armoire Jewelry featured my torch-fired enamel jewelry series, as their Designer Series. https://stampington.com/Belle-Armoire-Jewelry-Summer-2017
And, the very first time I was published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, my Vintage Rose Drop necklace was chosen to be on the cover! That was in the Spring of 2009. https://stampington.com/Belle-Armoire-Jewelry-Spring-2009
I'm happy to announce, as of January 2018,I have taken a part time position as Creative Workshop Coordinator & Metal Instructor, at Multiplicity, LLC: https://multiplicity.co/classes/jewelry-metal-studio/workshops/, in Katy, Texas. I am busy bringing in teachers that travel to teach nationally, not only in the area of metal work, but all forms of media, as well. I myself, will be teaching 2-day metal smith classes throughout 2019, as well as the remaining months of 2018.
I like to sum up my ever-winding creative path with a quote of mine, "My feet lead me to where my heart has always been".