My creative life began with mixed media collage. Having been a writer and communications director for most of my career, I discovered that I could also communicate thoughts and feelings through painting and collage. My mixed media work has been in several juried shows in my home state of North Carolina
It wasn’t much of a leap from collage to jewelry: both involve line, color, form and - most importantly - self-expression.I never liked mass produced jewelry. I loved the hand-made, the unique. I began to dream about jewelry designs, and it dawned on me that I could make the kind of jewelry I loved, so I set about learning the skills that would help me give form and solidity to the designs in my head. I studied with some talented and inspiring jewelry designers such as Celie Fago and Susan Lenart Kazmer - and with Kiwon Wang at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. During my training, I learned how to create pieces through traditional metal smithing as well as how to work with precious metal clay.
Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind, simply because I love to push boundaries. I like to find out what happens next. What if I try these unusual combinations of stones or metals? What if I recycle older pieces and reinvent them – give them a new life?
My inspiration comes from many sources – nature, my travels, my work as a collage artist, and from the visual smorgasbord that greets me every time I walk out the door. I like to take my camera with me - or cell phone camera - wherever I go, because I never know where I'll find inspiration.
I enjoy working both with PMC and sheet metal. Each presents its unique challenges and rewards. And I continue to work with mixed media and acrylic paints. I’m a member of FRANK Gallery, a non-profit artists’ collective in Chapel Hill, NC, where I show my work, which also has a home at other area galleries and boutiques.