Born in Los Angeles, California 1951, I was a child of curiosity and investigative mind. My days were filled with wonder and discovery in both nature and technology. To this day, I continue exploring things that I find fascinating and that eventually will spawn inspiration to my design. It’s all about looking through a keyhole and seeing something of intrigue on the other side. I hold the key and the compass to this personal journey.
It has been over 35 years since I embarked upon a life as an artist, choosing goldsmithing as my vehicle of expression and fine gems to enrich the colors of my palette. I consider myself an artist and technician compelled to communicate with the viewer, hoping to evoke a personal and emotional response. Art is a powerful language that speaks to the soul and I hope to initiate curiosity and dialogue through my work.
Over the years, I have been honored to receive several awards and accolades. Some of my favorites are MJSA “American Designer of the Year” Exhibition Milano, Italy 1991; Women’s Jewelry Association “Design Excellence Award” 1996. Japan International Pearl Association design competition awards 1990, 1991, 1992; Invitation to Exhibit: Munsteiner Atelier, Germany, 2002. Elected and served as President of the American Jewelry Design Council 2000-2003.
My design inspiration is always derived from historical origins such as Art History and Archeology. I have a deep sense of appreciation and inspiration by such things as stringed instruments, natural elements, the seashore, sea life and sea faring vessels. I have chosen for my canvas a palette of precious metals, fine colored gems and ancient coins all of which connect us with the elements and the thousands of years that have passed before us.
I believe that a great design is timeless with its inherent value being the culmination of artful communication through extraordinary design, extraordinary elements and excellence in craftsmanship.