It is wonderful to see the resurgence and appreciation of this old art form inspired by the aesthetic beauty of
shells, gifts from the sea for us all.  I lived in the Bahamas for many years where I first became acquainted
with Sailor's Valentines.  I am a Canadian artist now living in Toronto.  After being involved in many aspects
of the decorative arts for many years, I am now devoted to creating Sailor's Valentines.  I also do shell stars,
hearts, and roundels incorporating bubble glass, reminiscent of Victorian times.  I like to paint miniature oil
paintings for the centers of my designs.  A table I have done features a 19th century painted ivory.  I do
scrimshaw on ivory and sometimes carve little ivory fish to add interest to my valentines.  Often I line the
inside walls of the box with silk or place my shell flowers on a silk cushion.   Pictured below are my single
and double valentine entries in the Sanibel Shell Show for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.  All my entries
earned ribbons, two of which were blue (1st place) .  I also recieved  the Judges Special Award for my 2007
double valentine.   My art has been featured in both Canadian and American magazines and is displayed in a
number of galleries.  Creating valentines is a fascinating and challenging craft ; a labor of love to all of us who
do them.
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In addition to her exquisite sailor's valentines, Judy is
now creating some absolutely fabulous shell decorated
eggs like the one in the picture to the right.  

Click here to see more of Judy's most recent shell art at
her own website, www.sailorsvalentineart.com