After our guest artist left her first career as a lawyer well behind, she launched her creative side by showing a collection of brightly colored beads on chains in the juried Bethesda Row Arts Festival (top 30 US art show) just outside Washington, DC. After appearing in trunk shows and art fairs from DC to Annapolis, she then studied silversmithing for a number of years, expanding her repertoire with her signature chunky, textural sterling bracelets and brooches available at the luxury women’s clothier Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, MD.
Ms. Friedman now incorporates the free spirit of Tucson, AZ, into her jewelry, drawings and textile art. “The calm ‘whatever happens we’ll deal with it’ attitude of Tucsonans comes, I think, in part from the huge open space of the desert and spectacular mountain ranges that are such a part of the city’s culture. You can’t help but absorb the peacefulness from both the people and the muted colors of life in the desert. You see every day that you are tiny in this amazing landscape and realize that you aren’t as important as you thought you were when you lived in Washington. That is freeing.”
For us, she has returned to one of her initial artistic loves: a collection of color on silver and gold, but this time her influence was Arizona’s Catalina Mountains.