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About the Artist

As a passionate metalsmith and jewelry designer, I envision my jewelry as having timeless appeal with urban, architectural influence. Hand-sculpted exclusively of Sterling Silver, copper, geodes, agates, fossils, and minerals, combined with the element of fire, results in simplicity and strength. My torch allows me to capture subtle gradations of color and texture, dramatic in scale, evocative in form with refined appeal.

I create ART. You Wear! I envision and develop a design concept in my head. Rarely do I create meticulously detailed sketches. I simply start with a flat piece of Sterling or copper. I allow the vision to evolve and flourish as I work with metalsmithing tools (and processes) intuitively making composition, symmetry (or purposeful lack thereof), balance, and proportion decisions. I handsaw the shape perhaps adding textural elements, utilizing a rolling mill, patina, or the blow of a hammer. After hand building pendants, bracelets, and rings, layer by layer, I use my torch to bring it all together, continually evolving until it "feels" finished. After construction completion it’s polished to perfection.

In early 2021, as the pandemic began to lessen, I embarked on a journey to strengthen and bolster my silver smithing techniques through professional studies. I began to employ newly refined innovative design elements. Constructing open backplates instead of solid ones, creating air space around the focal stone or fossil feature, utilizing various prong settings, Sterling bars, shapes, circles, and geometrics; purposefully creating "breathing" room for the stones and lighter physical weight for the wearer.

In August, I was gifted a 1959 Jewelry Making for Tradesman and Craftsman book. While researching that era's craftsman techniques, I was wowed by the elemental & sculptural designs of the 50's -60's. I set out to intensify my love of freeform design and marry it with abstract expressionism, the most important movement in the art world at that time, translated for today's modern woman. The results of this currently expanding venture have led to new interpretations for my art and have melded into many exciting new pieces, 4 of which are presented here; Starburst, Leading Light, Totally Rad, and Jiv'n.

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Selected Works

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Metro Moon Pilbara Jasper & Yellow Sapphire set into Sterling Silver bezel /prongs

Metro Moon
Pilbara Jasper & Yellow Sapphire set into Sterling Silver bezel /prongs
3" x 4"
2021

Horizons Sterling conjoined circles, added dimensions, & shapes, Azurite Malachite & yellow sapphire stones

Horizons
Sterling conjoined circles, added dimensions, & shapes, Azurite Malachite & yellow sapphire stones
2.7" x 4"
2021

Sequoia Fossilized Palm Root. Set in hand-cut, freeform, Sterling bezel & prongs, solid Sterling backplate

Sequoia
Fossilized Palm Root. Set in hand-cut, freeform, Sterling bezel & prongs, solid Sterling backplate
2" x 3"
2019

Metro Moon Pilbara Jasper & Yellow Sapphire set into Sterling Silver bezel /prongs

Metro Moon
Pilbara Jasper & Yellow Sapphire set into Sterling Silver bezel /prongs
3" x 4"
2021

Horizons Sterling conjoined circles, added dimensions, & shapes, Azurite Malachite & yellow sapphire stones

Horizons
Sterling conjoined circles, added dimensions, & shapes, Azurite Malachite & yellow sapphire stones
2.7" x 4"
2021

Sequoia Fossilized Palm Root. Set in hand-cut, freeform, Sterling bezel & prongs, solid Sterling backplate

Sequoia
Fossilized Palm Root. Set in hand-cut, freeform, Sterling bezel & prongs, solid Sterling backplate
2" x 3"
2019

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