About the Artist
Making things with my hands has been a passion since childhood. I began with making miniatures for my dollhouse: sewing clothes, gluing bits of plastic or anything I could get my hands on into toys, accessories, and furniture for my miniature world.
Growing up nestled by evergreen trees and the constant patter of rain between the Cascades and Olympics in Western Washington, I found a deep love of nature and living things. I enjoyed spending time outdoors surrounded by the bounty of a thriving garden I helped my dad tend each year. (Of course, the harvest was my favorite part.) Creating continued to be a part of my life, through cooking, sewing, music, and jewelry making.
I attended Humboldt State University for their Jewelry and Small Metals Program, learning all I could from my fellow students and experienced teachers. The foggy Northern California coast helped feed my love of nature and inspire my work. I was amazed by the grandeur of the redwoods and the ocean, whose misty comings and goings fueled the forest. What I saw around me was that nature and the things I loved were compromised, and they needed to be given a voice. Shifting from the wearable to the sculptural, my pieces became more representational, meaningful, and whimsical.
I like to incorporate found objects from nature such as seeds and shells with hand chosen items like gemstones, metals, and beads. Each piece is hand fabricated using traditional silversmith techniques at my home studio in Santa Rosa, California. Through my art and my jewelry, I seek to inspire the love of nature in my wearers and viewers.
Please contact me with any questions regarding my work or a specific piece you are interested in. I also do custom pieces upon request.