I moved frequently as a kid, but my parents always encouraged me to take art classes wherever we settled. At age 8, While living in Norman, Oklahoma, I got involved with the Firehouse Art Center, and my world opened up. They had instructors who welcomed a pre-teen me into their adult jewelry making classes, whose patience and skill bolstered an already strong creative streak. While I enjoyed ceramics, printmaking, and fiber arts, I really took to the metal arts.
By the 3rd grade, I'd begun a business I would eventually name "Uniquorn Crafts," making enameled jewelry and beads. I continued the work through my teen years before turning my focus to theater, though I never gave up my love of shiny, beautiful gemstones and bits of metal.
Years later, I found Annemarie Ciuffini teaching at Brookfield Craft Center, in Brookfield, CT. Her enthusiasm and ability to encourage her students' freedom to design as they chose thoroughly revived my interest. I have since studied with Raychel Wengenroth, Joy Raskin, Joanne Conant, John Cogswell, and numerous others, and teach at both Brookfield Craft Center and the Silvermine Arts Center.
I recently relocated to the west coast and am a past President of the Creative Metal Arts Guild (CMAG) of Portland.My Art:
My jewelry involves the blending of organic shapes, contrasting crisp lines and geometrics. I meld texture, dimension, color, and even sound. Taken as a whole, my art is an eclectic range of motifs; by collection, a series of thematic works.
I create pieces with an eye towards both function and form, often including hidden design elements in the piece, known only to the wearer. I work primarily in silver and gold with pearls and cut and rough gemstones as accents.
See some of the photos I take for Inspiration.