I am Judy Orlin and my passion is art, color, and design. I worked a long career in technology and management consulting during which I traveled extensively in the USA, Europe, and Mediterranean countries including England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, and Turkey. I have always been conscientious and enjoyed my work but my joy and fulfillment was spending time learning about the arts in each country. When I retired I (like many of us) was a bit lost and tried private consulting and short technology jobs but found myself at loose ends and not enjoying life very much.
Then the light came on! I was now free to spend time pursuing to learning and and try my hand at numerous art type creations. My passion for color, design, and texture led me to papier mache, stained glass, and finally working with special fusible and dichroic glasses to create stylish and graceful art glass jewelry and other objects.
I decided to turn my art into a business as many friends strongly encouraged me to sell some pieces at boutiques around San Diego and to open an online store. I recently became a juried artist with the San Diego Spanish Village Art Center and also a member of the San Diego County Art Mart Association SDCAMA. The SDCAMA is also a juried, limited member County supported group whose goal is to broaden public understanding and appreciation of locally produced arts and crafts. These resident artists and fine-craft persons fulfill this goal through discussion, demonstration and display of their original work.
Stay tuned for more chapters about my experiences on the NOAgems News page.
I welcome each day and I feel completely fulfilled by my art, my children James and Samara who have built successful lives for themselves, and my three granddaughters who inspired me to brand my business NOAgems after their names Noga, Olivia, and Andrea.