Wearable art and adornment have always been a passion of mine. I am drawn to create studio jewelry because of the inspiring works of Alexander Calder and contemporary artist Lynne Merchant.
The materials I use include glass beads, lapidary and natural stone, silver, and precious metal clay. The techniques I use are simple ones. Because I manipulate thicker gauged wire into strong connections and shapes, I do not need soldering to maintain strength and form. When using precious metal clay, I work the clay infused with minute silver grains to form three-dimensional pieces, then kiln-fire into solid fine silver jewelry. My overall color palette reflects the sentient hues of nature and warm natural skin tones.
The interesting patterns, textures, and shapes of our environment provide the creative spark for my work. Every summer, while vacationing on a rugged Canadian island, I often collect fascinating treasures of odd stones, twigs, feathers, or bones. Every winter, I travel to the mountains of Tucson where the stark landscape and dramatic sunsets bring new energy to my work. The titles of my pieces are usually the names of an island, canyon, or peak of particular beauty.
My goal is to create a wearable piece of art that reflects the values, personality, and style of the individual.
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