Second Surf is my life work. My name is Barbara Bechtel. I am a mixed media artist, as well as a bead and jewelry designer. I am passionately focused on art as life and life as art. I truly believe that a beautiful world can be made from our hands. I speak my mind and I am a political atheist. I paint, I draw, I carve, I make things to wear, to use, and to love. I graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2003. I live in Merritt Island, Florida and  Lincoln County, North Carolina and  live for all things wild like the sea and the trees. I grew up in NW Pennsylvania but now call Florida and the whole of the South my home.  

This is my website. This is where I share my story as well as the stories of others by whom I am truly inspired.

I am a living-breathing-working artist.

I perceive my work as my calling and it is how I make my living. Every bite of food I consume, everything I do has been made possible by people who enjoy my work, and for that, I am immensely blessed.

In my jewelry design, I strive to source my pieces from my own work, as well as other handmade artisans. That means that each piece you purchase from me will be sustainably sourced from responsible makers, preferably in the US, but I also use gemstones and components from handmade artisans from beyond the US. If you ever have a question about any of the components I use, please contact me! I keep track of all my jewelry components so you can be completely assured of your purchase.

Whatever you do, do with all of your heart…..




I am available for wholesale and strict consignment of my jewelry, component and artwork lines as well as teaching. Please contact me for more information.

For recent press, please visit this page.

Portfolio and resume/CV available upon request.


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