Two concepts, an appreciation for beauty and individuality, have had the greatest influence on what I do and who I am. They have shaped the way I look at the world and helped me to grow as a person and as an artist. A passion for art, architecture, icons from the past and patterns in nature has taught me to see and appreciate beauty. To me, beauty stems from the selection of materials; the arrangement of elements; and the weaving of textures and colors in each piece of jewelry.
Designed and hand constructed, I use a variety of torch techniques to develop texture. Every time I create texture I achieve something new - these are the seeds that grow into my designs. Pieces are cut, formed, soldered and fabricated with precious metals and are often accentuated with stones that are chosen for their color, texture and patterns. Neck pieces also feature Kumihimo, the Japanese art of weaving silk threads into decorative cords. I love to combine the hardness of the metal with the softness of the fiber to produce a yin-yang quality in my work
My unique style allows me to create beautiful pieces with a contemporary aesthetic. Each design is a wearable work of art, an elegant personal adornment.
The Story Behind The Anchor
My father-in-law was a Chief Aviations Boatswain's Mate in the navy during WWll. He spent a good portion of his time in the navy in the lighter-than-air airships or blimps. After the war, he worked as a tool and die maker and because he so loved the navy, he designed and made an anchor stamp to mark his work.
Chief, as he was endearingly called, passed away several years ago. As my husband and I were going through some of his things, we found his anchor stamp. I now use Chief's anchor stamp to mark my work. It's a good thing...He was a great man.