About the Artist

First of all, welcome to my website.  I'm Linsey Bachko, the artist behind Balsambrook.  For those looking for the basic facts: I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology in 2008.  Over the years I've worked as a botanist's assistant, a nanny, a technical writer, the manager of a powersport rental business, a content marketer, and a website designer.  I'm a mother of one precocious 5 year old daughter and wife to a loving and supportive husband for going on 11 years now.

My first experience with wire wrapped jewelry happened to be my wedding when a long-time friend of my husband's family made a gorgeous silver statement piece to match my wedding gown.  It wasn't until my brother's wedding, however, that I first realized wire wrapping was accessible to me as a creative.  I purchased a wonderfully organic piece for the wedding day and knew as soon as I saw it that I had to try this out myself.

Now, nearly a year later, I've learned a lot about wire wrapping and plan to continue exploring what I can really do with the medium, but I've never forgotten that first love, painting.  So when the pandemic struck, I picked up some watercolor supplies and thought I would give it a go.  Watercolor is difficult for a lot of reasons, but many of those difficulties actually helped me break my idea of what needed to happen in a painting and instead focused on exploring what could happen.  A small difference, perhaps, but a life-changing one for me.  Perfectionism can't hold up to the strict time limits and constant threat of overworking.  Plus, water is its own boss and is going to do what it wants to do, regardless of what you try to do.

Anyway, I started this business because I'm a firm believer that life is too short to do something you hate.  I did it to force myself to face all of those fears that kept me from trying for so long.  I did it to prove to myself that I could and to show my daughter that she can do it do.

And, well, that's enough about me.  I'm happen to answer any questions asked through my contact page and for those looking for more tidbits about life, the universe, and all things creative, check out our journal page.  I think that's about it for now.

Take care and never stop creating.

Linsey

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