Distinctive One of a Kind Jewelry Using
Semi Precious Stones
Artist Kathy Kaberline
aka Tesa Michaels Mom
My mom introduced me to semi precious stones, and was the first one to encourage me to incorporate the semi precious stones into my art. She creates jewelry and began teaching me the stones and taking me to the gem, jewelry and mineral shows.
I created my first painting with one piece of agate and now use hundreds of specimens in my paintings.
My mom is now my partner in collecting the stones that I use in my paintings. We have been fortunate to work with many collectors and vendors from all around the world sourcing my stones that I use in my work. We meet them at the large gem and mineral shows throughout the country. She also does lapidary and has provided me with a ton of wonderful stones she has collected personally through out the many years of her enjoying being a “rockhound”.
We also enjoy mining and finding the stones ourselves, but I’d rather paint and need so many that I have to leave that mostly to the professional collectors. It is a wonderful partnership! I’ve been so fortunate to meet some amazing people among the gem and mineral communities.
Together we collaborate with our work. I will paint a particular painting using a specific stone, then she will create a statement necklace to coordinate with that particular painting. We have had so much fun in doing this. We both provide one another with inspiration.
She also has custom made statement pieces that I wear at all my art functions so I will match my painting and the stones I’ve used in them. Further connecting not only my paintings with her jewelry, but one another.
This is what makes my work so unique and special. There is so much wonderful energy behind each piece from the people and stones themselves. Then with the underlying foundation of my work, which has and continues to be HER!