~ Artist, fashion designer, belly dancer, I create whimsical, graphic, stylized, Asian-inspired, & embellished/jeweled interpretations of people, ethnic subjects, animals, still lifes/objects. Art, like life, should sparkle!
~ I was born and raised in the Midwest in the mid-1940’s, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Theater (concentrations in musical theatre performance and costume design), then moved to Los Angeles in 1976 where I lived most of my adult life. At age 40, while working full-time at night and raising a son by myself, I returned to school and earned a Professional Certificate–Summa Cum Laude in Fashion Design; one of my designs won second place in the 1987 "Suit of the Future" national design contest.
~ In 2014, at age 68, I turned my creative focus from acting, singing and dancing to drawing & painting. I often create dimension in my art with fabric, apparel trim, feathers, jewelry, Swarovski rhinestones & beads, and paper collage. As a belly dancer, I spent years creating and beading intricate belly dance costumes for myself and others & now use that expertise to make tiny, colorful beaded pillows out of fabric that has been printed with my artwork; my costumes & pillows are available from my etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/RaqsRags.
~ My style is realistic yet often whimsical and I hope my sense of humor comes through in my work because . . . well, because life is just . . . FUNNY!