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About The Artist 

Jody Karkowski was born June 2, 1955, and raised in Somerville, NJ.  Educational background includes a B.S. in Health & Physical Education from Trenton State College in 1977, and an MBA from National University in 1984.  She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977, and was commissioned an Ensign in 1978.  One of the first handful of women allowed to serve on Navy ships, she worked her way up to Executive Officer (second in command) of a 20,000 ton Destroyer Tender (repair ship) with a crew of 1,400 sailors, and completed “Command at Sea” qualifications.  In the mist of all this she took a basic Stained Glass class in 1984.  Jody retired as a Commander (0-5) in 1997, and was then free to pursue her true life’s passion of Stained Glass full time.

After retiring from the Navy, she was juried into the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, where she had a Working Artist’s Studio from 1999 to 2002.  During that time she was accepted into juried shows including: The Art Glass Association of Southern California’s Annual Show, Small Image Art Show, and the Del Mar Fair’s Fine Arts Exhibit.  HOME & GARDEN (Cable) TV’s Show “Our Place” also featured her Lamps and Unique Water Fountains.  She quickly “grew out” of her Studio in Spanish Village, and a Condo in Scripps Ranch, and now lives and works on a beautiful country acre in Guatay, CA; about 45 miles east of downtown San Diego.   

On a conscious spiritual journey, and metaphysical path, she practices Yoga, Qui Gong, Feng Shui, Intuitive Development, Meditation, and is a certified “Louise L. Hay, You Can Heal Your Life” Workshop Leader.  She also hosts monthly “Gatherings” of spiritually like minded people, and weekly “Intender Circles.”  Her daily Intention is that everything she says, thinks, does, or allows into her consciousness at any level is for the highest and best good of the Universe, herself, and all beings everywhere. 

Jody creatively combines her innate stained glass talent with her life’s philosophy into a vehicle that physically, emotionally, and visually expresses and shares her spiritual joy and love.  She knows your homes and workplaces are reflections of your spirit, and revels in the process of helping you to see and show that spirit in it’s best and most beautiful light. 

Jody works only one special commission at a time.  Her work is very personal, and made specifically for you.   She intends that when you take home a piece of her Artwork, a part of her love will always be with you.  Now in the process of manifesting the perfect “Store Front Complex” which is an “Artist’s and Healing Center” involving an array of Artist’s and Natural Healers, she currently works on an appointment only basis.

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