Hi, I’m Kathy, the independent artisan behind Barefoot Maiden.
I’ve loved art since I was a little girl when my dad taught me to draw birds using an encyclopedia as reference. He was in the Navy so our family lived in many places, including several years in Spain. We vacationed throughout Europe, enjoying art, architecture, museums and cathedrals. I was bit by the archeology bug so when I grew up I traveled to Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey.
After years in the banking industry, I became a self-employed graphic artist and eventually discovered gemstones and jewelry design. It’s been more than 10 years and there are always new stones to discover and new techniques to learn. I make jewelry in my little home studio in Southern California. I find inspiration all around me: art, books, music, nature, and sometimes just the way I’m feeling.
“I think that all women are unique and beautiful. Beauty begins on the inside and radiates out with how you treat other people. Let your true beauty shine through.”
I’ve happily donated jewelry to several fundraisers including: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Double H Ranch in New York, University of Tennessee at Martin scholarship fundraiser, P.A.W.S. San Diego (Pets Are Wonderful Support) fundraiser, and the local Boys & Girls Club.
You can find my designs in collections worldwide, including: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Greenland, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakstan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
Thank you for visiting and I hope you find something special for yourself or a loved one.