Each day I walk through life astonished and grateful for the beauty that surrounds me. I see it in my garden, my community of friends and in the extraordinary environment and people of the Northwest where I live. I search for it in line, color, texture, like foraging a feast for the eyes. My process begins with this. The making is my way of expressing that joyful response in the form of jewelry or body adornments.
I also love to read and imagine. There is a story in my mind that I take with me into the studio as I pull out colorful stones or forge a piece of metal into a rough and organic shape. It is of a woman who lives in a cottage at the edge of the forest overlooking the sea. A winding path takes her below to a grotto that brings up it’s treasures as the tide washes out. Occasionally a visitor comes with a special request for a talisman or memento to comfort their journey. Often the jewelry I create comes from these timeless stories influenced by literature, poetry and mythology.
Like many artists, my need to create, to be immersed in the creative process is like my need for water. My pieces usually start out with a response to what is on my reading table at the time, or gazing at my bowls of beautiful stones and shells, or daydreaming about a story, or a particular person who has requested a personal piece. This part of the process may take days before I actually begin to draw out a design or bring together elements that represent what is emerging.
I use a variety of materials and techniques to achieve the look or story I want to tell. Though I work to achieve an organic, timeworn and timeless feel to my pieces, this is done with a great deal of care and attention to detail so that these one of a kind pieces are of high quality, lasting, and comfortable to wear.