Anita Hellam lives and works in California’s Central Valley.
She has dedicated a quarter of a century looking for affordable
housing solutions for the working poor in the region.
This work is challenging and never-ending. “It was not until
I began my inward exploration that I discovered I have an
artistic side, she explains. Art is a form of personal expression
and offers me the satisfaction of advancing my ideas quickly and efficiently.
It gives me a sense of closure; something my work never does.”
Her artist studio is located on a small family farm where she lives with her
family and where she can develop her craft surrounded by inspirations from nature.
Her Husband, whose last name inspired La De Fajardo brand name,
is very supportive of this endeavor.
Over the past five years she has been experimenting with polymer clay techniques.
She stumbled across the medium and has found inspiration by stacking shapes and colors
to create detailed images. She loves working in textures and unexpected mediums.
She has worked with a range of polymer brands to better understand the
potential for achieving specific outcomes.
Though she has no formal training, generous polymer artists from around the world
have mentored her through their tutorials and with their person advice and suggestions.
Since making her work available to the public, she has experienced wonderful feedback
and support from other artists and the greater community.
Everything is handmade on a small scale. Each piece is one-of-a kind.
See Anita’s Work at www.ladefajardo.com/