Artist

Artist Statement

 

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, past cultures and 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 I design.

 

Pieces are fabricated of precious metals and are often accentuated with Kumihimo, the Japanese art of weaving silk threads into decorative cords. Metal processes include: perforation, reticulation, fusing, forging and forming. 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.

Biography

 

A St Louis native, I have been a metalsmith and fiber artist since 2000. Growing up, my parents passion for art, architecture, past cultures and nature soon became my passion. This led me to pursue a BA in Art Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The program included coursework in metalsmithing/jewelry design, fibers, art history, graphic design, drawing and ceramics. After graduation however, jobs in Art Therapy were scarce so I took a position in the area vocational school where I worked for 30 years.

 

Never giving up my passion for art, I eventually discovered a local metal and glass studio and once again began creating. I formed my jewelry business on the concept of developing contemporary designs that combine the ancient with the modern. I am currently an independent studio jewelry designer and also teach jewelry techniques locally. I exhibit at fine art and gallery shows where my designs are appreciated for their detail, quality construction and unexpected combination of materials. My unique style allows me to create works that I am happy to share with others.