For as long as I can remember, I’ve always created with my hands. I made Macrame’ jewelry through high school and into college. My initial major in college was architecture. During a drafting class one day, one of my fellow students asked if I would make a Macrame’ ring in silver. I learned to work in metal, made his ring and changed majors eventually receiving a B.F.A. specializing in Metal Smithing & Jewelry from CSU Long Beach and the rest is history.
In an age of computer technology in the jewelry industry, C.A.D. programs can design engineer a piece of jewelry. I still use art and craft by working with a pencil & sketchpad to design my creations. The use of traditional hand tools to fabricate each piece in precious metals brings my art to life.
I utilize gemstones that have been mined from all over the world. I use the most unusual and precision cut stones from trusted gem cutters that I have worked with for decades. The result of my process being a collection of jewelry pieces that are unique & timeless.
What inspires me are many art experiences, cultures and art movements from the craftsmanship of the Scythians, a nomadic people (who roamed the Russian Steppes from 900 B.C. to 200 B.C.) to Rene’ Lalique who epitomized the Art Nouveau Movement and beyond. I’m always inspired by craftsmanship and beauty.