I make thoughtful work that explores color, light, texture and pattern in the landscape around me. My work investigates the interdependence between the giver, wearer and beholder and their connection to the botanical world.
Color is king in my work. In my sunny studio I am inspired by the seasons and patterns created in nature. The techniques I enjoy are meditative, allowing hours to slip by. I am currently working on a series highlighting native plants and their positive impact on our environment.
Typically starting with a sketch, each design begins with a color palette in mind. I continue to explore various techniques in enamel. My current study is transparent enamel overlaying hand engraved fine silver. Layers of enamel fill cells created with wire. This technique is known as cloisonné. Playing with textured patinated copper and coloring it with paint and pencil for a looser more painterly approach is another technique I use. Each piece, whether enamel or mixed media, is then set in a hand fabricated setting. All materials are recycled metal and ethically sourced gems.
I studied sculpture and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating with a BFA, I apprenticed with a German trained goldsmith. After 25 years as a custom jewelry designer/creator, my early roots as a painter and sculptor can still be seen. I have studied all over the US taking workshops with various artists. I now work in my studio creating my own designs.