Artist Bio: I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. My Sicilian grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1910s and perhaps my attraction to Opus Sectile Mosaic technique is in the genes? Or maybe, I just discovered that I have weak hands and wrists, and cutting material on a tile saw is easier and faster!
I am a mixed media artist who uses the ancient technique of Opus Sectile, in creating my stone art mosaics. Opus Sectile was popularized in the ancient and medieval Roman world where materials were cut, shaped, and fitted together as a jigsaw puzzle and inlaid into walls and floors to make a picture. I love bringing the beauty of nature inside and incorporating the soothing, positive energy of beautiful crystals in all my work to enhance my art pieces and spread more joy.
Please be aware that this is NOT a quick process! It often takes months to create one piece-depending upon the size. And the stone I use isn't something I can go to the store and purchase. My husband and I hunt up specific slices of granite, sandstone, volcanic rock, etc. while out hiking in the Rocky Mountains or along the Washington coastline. I attend gem shows twice yearly to collect raw crystals with lovely energy, to be incorporated in future pieces.
Writer Bio: I was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Growing up in an Irish-Italian family was never dull or quiet. I have four siblings, two sisters and two brothers. My mother was a nurse and my father a general surgeon, so my interest in medical issues is hardly surprising.
As a youngster, I struggled with mild dyslexia. I couldn't read until third grade, but after years of remedial work, the wondrous world of books opened up to me and I've been a voracious reader ever since. Though possessing a fertile imagination, my practical side never even considered pursuing a writing career, because I'm too fond of eating. So I became a registered nurse.
After college, I married my high school sweetheart and had four children. Though I adore my kids and am very proud of them, parenting requires a lot of patience-- not exactly my strength, so I began writing. Writing gave me a creative, intelligent outlet that I needed, and it was far less expensive than therapy and a defense attorney. Writing allows me to create wonderful characters who, if they disappoint me, I can make their lives miserable--literally-- or simply kill them off, without going to jail! How great is that?
We lived in the Chicago, then San Diego, before settling in beautiful Colorado. We absolutely love the mountains! When not skiing, hiking, or writing in the mountains, I love to play tennis, take long walks, work in my gardens, decorate our house, read, work with my tile mosaics, and crochet.
It's true that writing is a lonely endeavor. Learning the craft and the publishing industry is a lengthy, complex process made much more fun when I joined the Romance Writers of America, and later, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and the Crested Butte Writers.
I've been fortunate to make friends with many interesting people. Writers are a remarkable, entertaining breed who possess quick wits and huge hearts. They've enriched my life immensely and I'm very grateful to each and every one as you can see is you watch my writing journey video.
Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. Learn more about Theresa at www.theresarizzo.com. Follow Theresa on Twitter (@Theresa_rizzo) or Facebook.
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