ne of my earliest memories is of taking an antique ring from my mother’s dresser and wearing it out to play. Needless to say, I got into a lot of hot water for that one. But jewelry was a compulsion – then and now.
I truly believe that jewelry is wearable art and I approach each of my pieces that way. The color and form of my stones, the compatibility of stone and metal type with the piece I have in mind, the “wearability” of each piece, all of these things are in my mind as I work on a particular composition.
Like any artist, I’m always trying to create a work that will evoke a special feeling in the viewer or, in this case, the wearer. My work is strongly tied to the environment because I understand that Nature is the ultimate artist. I incorporate both gems and minerals in my jewelry, as well as fiber, glass, shells, coral, primitive and ethnic beads…just about anything that will evoke a sense of natural elegance.
Even though a long, long time has passed, I still feel just like that little girl who wore Mom’s ring because it was so beautiful. I’m still that ten-year-old rock hound who tried to figure out a way to wear smooth stones from the beach. And I always will be.