The many dimensions in nature, history, and architecture inspire and influence me. I seldom make flat pieces, and I will often design a piece that can be worn on more than one side. For me, depth creates intrigue and interest in all art forms.
Mixed media using glass, semi-precious stones, and various forms of color applications help to create the dimension that I desire to achieve. Metamorphosis often occurs with my pieces during the process of creation reflecting past influences or present images in my mind’s eye.
After all, this is a creative outlet, with a good deal of subconscious influence working in harmony with my original design plans if I have an open mind and let changes occur along the way.
In addition to traditional jewelry techniques, I work in metal clay, which has opened a whole new world of jewelry design possibilities. Metal clay simply is fine silver particles suspended in an organic binder with water. When textured, formed, and fired, the fine silver fuses together, leaving the original form now in pure silver.
I am a passionate teacher with this new medium, and I feel a sense of joy when I have a student who is very excited as they finish their first piece. They exclaim, “I can’t believe that I made this.” It is my hope and dream that I can continue learning and teaching others what I have learned. In doing so, I help others discover their creativity and change all of our lives for the better.