Artist Statement

I've participated in the art world for many years. My background has been diverse, not only as an artist, but also, until 1996, in the corporate world. I started making contemporary jewelry in 1990.

I began to sell both direct and through a local Wilmington gallery within a year of my first creation. While originally working in polymer clay, I began to incorporate and work in metals in 1997. Regardless of materials, my approach has been the same. My inspiration frequently comes from nature and non-jewelry related areas such as contemporary and traditional fiber arts, and architecture. I literally take these inspirations and translate them into contemporary wearable artwork. Texture and depth are created using etching, roller pressing, fold forming, soldered components, and patinas.The end result varies from a contemporary to ancient artifact feel, while the design can range from intricate to simple compositions of line and texture.

I create series and one-of-a-kind jewelry. My interest in on-going growth inspires me to continue studying with others and to travel to see and experience others' work.  In 2009, I was featured in several publications, including Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Arts magazine and received regognition as a Delaware by Hand Master. In 2005, I was awarded second place in Lapidary Journal's Jewelry Arts Award in the bracelet category. In 2003, I received a Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award, and in 1999, was a finalist in the NICHE Student Awards competition in two categories, fine jewelry and fashion jewelry, became a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and won 1st prize in Gallery Five's Annual Polymer Clay Show. My work has been exhibited at juried and invitational shows and galleries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia.

Prior to creating jewelry, I participated in the art world as a potter. I also have created a limited number of works in fiber.