A few words by Cheryl Kraynak...
Once I realized that knowing a little bit about a lot of things is as much of a strength as having just one specialty, I embraced my multitasking, expressive nature in its entirety. I decided to use my collective knowledge to help others, and to encourage people to open up to all of their passions, because it can be challenging.
I find the most satisfaction when I combine my innate interest in the natural world with all my creative works. I started drawing, painting and sculpting animals as a child, then became passionate about photography in 1984. In addition to having some of my photos used over the years for promotional purposes, in 1999 I placed second in a monthly contest for Petersen’s Photographic magazine, then had a seascape image published in a coffee table book entitled The Mystic Coast: A Photographic Portrait by Twin Lights Publishers in 2000. I also had a photo chosen for the 2016 book Mystic: Images of Modern America by Arcadia Publishing.
As a Connecticut native and a visitor to Rhode Island from my toddler stage, the seashore has always inspired me. I like to feature or incorporate elements of the sea into whatever creative project I’m enjoying, whether it's painting, photography, jewelry-making, or writing. It is my passion to share my ocean fascination so that others may appreciate it, too. It’s no wonder watercolor is my medium of choice for painting. The freedom, fluidity, and fleeting qualities that watercolors reveal as the creative energy flows from my hand, through the brush to the paper, parallels the attributes of waves touching the shore.
Bringing my love of the sea to my artisan jewelry designs is another way I share my enjoyment of nature. By focusing on ocean themes, I bring thoughtful consideration to my jewelry designs so that buyers will enjoy a carefully crafted piece that is attractive and unique. I like to feature earthy materials such as mother-of-pearl, seashells, freshwater pearls, and gemstone beads. My vision for my future in jewelry design is to craft ocean-themed pieces that are sculpted from precious metal clay, then fired with sparkling gemstone embellishments.
Writing and editing is another facet of my artistic tendencies. What began as fiction story writing in my youth evolved when I was completing my B.A. in Management and Marketing from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. I recognized that my love for words could be effective in a business platform when applied to marketing publications, and suddenly I knew how I could blend creativity with a career. I've had diverse work experience creating and supporting writing projects in a variety of organizations, including an advertising agency, engineering firms, a nature education center, and computer data management groups.
Later, the picturesque views, ecological diversity, and rich history of New England inspired me to use my writing ability to communicate my interest in plants, animals and minerals in other types of work. For over a decade now, I have enjoyed opportunities to sharpen my writing skills through volunteer and entrepreneurial endeavors.
Today I specialize in informational writing and essays. I am grateful that my creativity and my love of the natural world can be shared today—through many avenues—with a global audience.
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