Teaching has been my foremost focus for decades. However, creating and exhibiting my work locally, nationally, and internationally have also been important key aspects in my life. My artwork starts with detailed record keeping in sketchbooks on how I view the natural world around us. Vague sketches develop into line drawings with hints of color. I began this detailed process when I lost the ability to create three-dimensional rotating and colored images in my in mind, which was something I had believed would be a constant throughout my life—surprise. I cannot quite accomplish it any longer so my pencil became my new best friend. I enjoy pushing myself to an artistic edge to create new and exciting work that I then share with my students. I am foremost a teacher, silversmith, and fabricating jeweler that uses non-ferrous metals and stones. I am compassionate and committed to passing my skills and abilities on to my students.
The symmetry, delicacy and sheer essence of nature inspires my work. This inspiration is the heart of my distinctive metal art. I push the limits of metal and embellishing the pieces with pearls or gems. Walking along beaches, through forests, gardens or watching clouds, I’m guided in searching my inner self. Handling twigs, seasonal leaves, beach treasures or seed pods engage my creative awareness with a physical and visual format. Earth and Nature are delicately balanced and my metal art continuously strives to convey this balance. Each piece draws the view to reflect on how this balancing point is maintained between Earth and Nature.
The northwest is my birthplace; being a jewelry artist, teacher and diverse artisan, my work reflects the NW environment. Water played a major role in growing up
I was a scuba instructor and diver for decades and dove throughout the US (fresh and salt water), Pacific Ocean from Australia to Hawaii to the Pacific Northwest and Atlantic from Mexico to Maine. Moreover, was the volunteer diver for the Seattle Aquarium for several years, but always could be found on beaches or in the water. I am an outdoors person with my sketchbook in hand.
My approach to the sketchbook was just to start drawing with pen and ink then to added color. I love to share what I have seen and how I see things. It was great filling up these pages. In addition, you can experience my passions and interests reflected not only in this sketchbook, but also in all my artistic endeavors.
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