In all of my work I look to the natural world around us for
inspiration: Not only in the visual elements such as the mountains and grass,
etc. but also in the dreams, hopes and stories of people I meet. For many
years I have been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. I enjoy painting
as well. I have exhibited my jewelry nationally and the paintings locally
in recent years. I paint in acrylic on canvas or wood.
One recent body of work incorporates both disciples of study and creativity. I have made compositions in which a piece of jewelry is part of a painting. The jewelry is constructed in sterling silver and/or other metals with semi-precious stones and varied other materials. Each piece can be removed from it's 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. All of these "Combination Pieces" came about through a need to experiment 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 stones Like the aquamarine raindrop in the March daffodil and some use semi-precious, out of the ordinary stones like the Mexican Fire Opal in the October Calendula flower.
The other series is a beachcomber collection which uses pearls, beach pebbles and wood (driftwood or other) from the northwest beaches near my home.
Originally from Carmel, NY, a small rural suburb 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 both as a student and instructor . I enjoy gardening, cooking, hiking and sharing stories with friends.