My interest in creative design started at an early age with stitching, embroidery, and creating loop rugs with my own patterns to display. Sketching with charcoal and pastels was also a big part of my life. Not realizing it then, creating art with my hands would be my passion. Prior to becoming a jewelry artist, I worked in the technology field designing microchips. The intricate structures, restrictive spacing rules, and precise processes used to fabricate the patterns of a circuit on silicon enticed me to apply these skills in a more hands-on way to benefit me personally. The strong desire to express myself creatively was visible through my love of drawing and creating art with my hands. In discovering the art of metalsmithing, defined as the art of forming and fabricating metal into jewelry,that was the turning point and I was hooked!
The movement of metal under the process of forging gives it texture as it evolves which is very satisfying to me; as is researching and educating myself on various stones, examining their shapes and colors, then creating an original design that best compliments that stone. Working with texture is enjoyable and rewarding. The rhythm, movement, and harmony are everywhere and bring a uniqueness beauty to my jewelry designs. The handmade process is intriguing, and often what I draw on paper never looks like the finished piece. It’s a mind-boggling mystery at times. Each unique piece is distinctively styled and handcrafted by me. When the recipient of my art jewelry wears their piece, I take pride in knowing they find meaning in that piece. Some of my designs have stories that have inspired me based on an event or a place visited that I may have shared with someone.