I started making jewelry during a japanese papermaking class in 1986. I tore a piece off one of my sculptures & turned it into a pair of earrings. I saw a universe of beauty in this tiny little fragment. Then the alchemy of art began to evolve & one thing led to another. As I keep evolving I am still making jewelry. I am heavily influenced by my surroundings, whether it be driving cross country to an art show or sitting in my garden watching birds. It’s exciting to see what wants to escape from my hands & form itself into something that is actually wearable.
Never limiting myself as far as materials go, I figure everything is a candidate from sterling silver & precious gems to found objects. Repurposing these objects which to me are as precious as a diamond. I use basic metalsmithing & sculpture techniques to fabricate, such as forming, carving, sawing, soldering & sanding.