My early life was consumed with music, art and dance. My parents supported my creative side and encouraged me to explore it all. I first conceived the idea of showcasing fine art on handbags in 2002.
I was sitting at my easel and thought, how can I make art more accessible… art on Handbags…and I never looked back. After making Suki Saks and seeing my customer’s faces when they received their special creation confirmed, I was on the right path. They felt like they were buying something that expressed their unique personality. I decided to broaden the company by purchasing other artists’ works. I couldn't keep up and why try when their are so many fabulous artists in the world who need exposure.
I do all the personalized commissions for you.
I’ve always wanted the four corners of my world to be filled with beauty and art, architecture gorgeous fabrics and artistic people. I moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980’s and took up drawing while getting my bachelors in business at Cal State Northridge. Living in California was a perfect fit, having lush sub tropical surroundings filled me with a grounding contentment. Their were so many opportunities to explore.
I decided to move to Taipei Taiwan on a modeling offer and I thought… okay this is going to be an adventure of a lifetime. I broadened artistically. I started modeling for local Chinese clothing manufactures. Christian Dior, Sporto and many other local manufactures, I met and hung out back then with friends that became famous, such as French designer Barbara Rihl. Daily life was fun. I married a Chinese Rock star, which put me into opportunities to see some of the most amazing homes and gorgeous hotels… life was one exciting moment after the other. Living life in a city of Eleven million created culture and I had time to accomplish so many things. Imagine never driving and taking taxi’s everyday. The books I read, the time seemed endless back then.
Traveling to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and different parts of Malaysia. Being exposed Asian architecture was magical. Moving to a foreign country was the best thing that happened to me. It opened me up as a person it caused me to feel their where no limits to where I could go in life. I traveled all over S.E. Asia for 7 years and opened an export company and exported lingerie and hosiery to Los Angeles. My mandarin's not to bad to date, I keep my practice tapes going in knowing I will go back for more adventures. I spent 11 years traveling and working in Los Angeles and Abroad.
Never a dull moment for me, but I was getting tired, the truth, I was a workaholic and multitasking can become mentally tiring. As I rounded the corner to my mid 30’s I felt the need to slow down. I moved back to my family home in Albuquerque New Mexico and found a desire to have a relationship and start a family. Seeking more peaceful moments and it happened, moving to the high desert will relax just about anyone, it’s really a place of spiritual reflection. I found a strong pull towards painting. I started a 4-year study program under three great artists Louis Maestas Susan Lange Marshall and Zhang Wen Xin. I became an artist’s apprentice and painted everyday for years and I haven’t stopped yet.
The road of life does twist and turn and keeping a strong direction for the things I love to do has made my path a happy one. I will keep on painting and creating Suki Saks. I will keep on bathing myself in the love of my friends and beauty of making art… until another transformation takes place…who knows it could be a big city or an ocean village in Thailand.
For now living so close to the Sandia Mountians in Albuquerque is nice. New Mexico feels good, I’m home... for now.