You Can’t Use Up Creativity

Shea Stanfield

Maya Angelou observed, “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more your have.”  These words of wisdom could have been the anchor philosophy for local jewelry artist Eileen Schnog’s journey through life and her art.  Eileen grew up   in Pottstown, PA, a small town not far from Valley Forge and Philadelphia.  Her large creative Italian family was full of artisans proud of their ‘old country’ roots and their heritage in producing top quality products in every medium.  Eileen’s father was one of Pennsylvania’s most gifted woodworkers, cabinetmakers and metal smiths, as well as, his daughter’s most influential mentor.  Eileen credits him with her strong work ethic, eye for quality, and encouraging her creative expression through the arts.

Eileen’s initial interest was in 2-dementional design working in oils, pastels, pen and ink, and etching.  She attend Anvil Studio of Fine Arts in Pottstown, PA intending to move forward with her art, but decided to pursue a medical career as a Medical Technologist instead.  Eileen married and soon became a mother to 3 children.  By 1978, Eileen decided to expand her medical career by attending Hahnemann University in Philadelphia to become a Physician’s Assistant.  The decision uniquely qualified her for work in the field of Medical Oncology and Hematology.  An opportunity opened, in 1994, for Eileen to join a friend in his medical oncology practice in Phoenix, which resulted in the family moving to Arizona.  By that time the children were grown and Eileen began to rethink the place artistic creativity would have in her future.

Scottsdale Community College became Eileen’s destination for art classes, studying under well-respected metal smith instructor, Tipton Cummings. Fast-forward to today, she and husband Rene, a graphic and fused glass artist, share a home studio, both enjoying the demand and popularity of their work.  Eileen states, “My inspiration comes from the colors of gemstones and the tactile experience of forging precious metals, sometimes into textures that look like fabric.”

Currently, she is working on a collection of Couture Bridal jewelry, a remarkably personal and stunning statement for any bride’s special day.  Additionally, Eileen is creating a line of silver/bronze flatware sure to dazzle dinner guests with their quality of craftsman ship and originality in design.

Eileen is a member of the Sonoran Arts League and participates in the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour in November each year at Lucy Dickens Fine Art Studio in Carefree.  She also participates in a number of smaller shows throughout the year.  Eileen offers personalize consultation and jewelry sales, by appointment, for both her collectors and new clients.  Preview Eileen Schnog’s one-of-a-kind, eye catching pieces, arrange an appointment or discuss your idea for a consignment piece by visiting and contacting her through her website www.pallodesigns.com or by e-mail at Pallodesigns@gmail.com.

Contact Arts Columnist Shea Stanfield on flowingquill@yahoo.com.