I live just west of Trinidad Colorado, way down on the New Mexico/Colorado border on our little farm~ currently we have 4 dogs, 5 cats, 2 parakeets, fish and a pair of mice in the house, and outside 30 something chickens, a pair of mallard ducks, pair of pheasants, my only turkey, Mr Giving, semintal cattle, boer/kiko goats and honey bees
Can you tell us a little about your family?
Sweet Emma w/ fresh picked corn for supper
One of Rachaels Peonies
My business name, Diamond K Folk Art, comes from my signature, which is a diamond, with a k in the center
What keeps you motivated?
I keep myself motivated, as I think I am my number one fan~ I LOVE to see what I come up with....I would say more times than not, what I originally have in mind, and what dolly wants to be, are two totally different things.
Do you sell you work in any shops, or will you be in any upcoming shows?
Right now I am not doing shows because I just cant physically travel...but perhaps in the future.
Has your work been published in any magazines? Have you received any type of awards/recognition for your work?
I have been selected for the last 3 consecutive years~ 2008, 2009 & 2010, as one of America's Top Craftsmen by Early American Life Magazine, I have also been featured in Prims, by Stampington & Co.
Do you have any tips you would like to share?
Be true to yourself, and make your art for YOU. Don't make something 'to sell', or because you think that is what the trend is....If you make it for YOU, and the way YOU want it, everyone else will love it!
One of Rahael's favorite mottos by Elizabeth Porter Phelps