In all of my work I look to the natural world around us
for inspiration; not only in the tactile and visual elements, such as
mountains, grass, etc. but also in dreams, hopes, spirits and stories
of people I meet.
Recently, I have been working on one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for many years and paintings additionally during the most recent years. I have shown my jewelry nationally for several years and paintings more locally. I paint in acrylic, on canvas and or wood. I have been making one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for many years and painting additionally for the last ten years or so. Ive exhibited my jewelry nationally and my paintings more locally.
One recent body of work incorporates both disciplines of study and creativity. I have made compositions in which a piece of jewelry is a part of a painting. The jewelry is constructed in sterling silver and/or other metals with semi-precious stones and varied materials. Each piece can be removed from its painted environment, worn and returned. The paintings develop from my travel photos, research and sketches and emerge through a process of the application of many layers of acrylic paint and glazes. Within this series is a specific series called Silver Linings They are portraits of clouds I have photographed, painted and embellished with a silver brooch made from scraps of Sterling silver.
All of these combination pieces came about through a need to work in both artistic mediums at the same time. They seem to me to be enhanced memories of an experience. Looking at the painting is one experience wearing the jewelry extends it.
Currently I am working on two different series: Flowers of the month which contain birthstones of the month. Some use faceted gem stones like Februarys amethyst in a primrose and others use semi precious stones like the Mexican fire opal in the Calendula flower for October.
The other series is a beach comber collection which uses pearls, pebbles and wood (driftwood or other) from the NW beaches nearby my home.
Originally from Carmel, New York, a small, rural town one hour north of NYC, I studied at Syracuse University receiving a BFA (cum laude) in Metalsmithing and Jewelry design in 1989. Included in my SU experience was a semester of study abroad at Sir John Cass College of Art in London, England. While living in the Seattle area I have continued studies in art as both student and instructor. I enjoy gardening, cooking, hiking and sharing stories with others.