After years of creating jewelry as I reflect back on my work I realize that the Victorian Era with all of its decadence and detail has heavily influenced me. I design all around and underneath and to the sides, covering my work with carvings and gems stones and tiny granules to create each jewel telling its tiny story. I use techniques that were popular during the Victorian Era such as intaglio carving and painting as well as the revival of granulation. I create each piece myself from beginning to end in my studio. I enjoy combining several different materials and techniques so that each piece conveys the story using flowers, hearts, birds, and bows, which were common decorative motifs of the romantic period. Memento Mori is also a major influence. I use 22 karat gold, sterling silver, copper, diamonds, gemstones, glass, bone and porcelain to further create the magical details that are included in each piece and I carve, cast, fabricate, granulate, paint and enamel as needed to tell the story.
I graduated with a degree in Jewelry/ Metals from Kent State University and I am self-taught in ceramics.
My work has been sold in galleries all over the country as well as published in:
Narrative Jewelry: Tales From the Toolbox by Mark Fenn
Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books
New Rings, Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada
Signs of Life-Contemporary Jewelry Art & Literature 2018 by Facere