As far back as I can remember I had passion for making my own creations from disassembled jewelry and fishing swivels. When I was 14, I took my first metal-smithing class and with one ignition of a blowtorch I had found my path in life. I went on to graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a degree in jewelry and gems. Realizing there weren't many jewelers working with enamel, I decided to learn the ancient Byzantine technique of cloisonné enameling. One of the first designs I created as a self-taught enamellist was the Evil Eye, which became one of my signature pieces back in 1993. Since then my design has been imitated by other enamellists who recognize the vitality and appeal of this timeless talisman and universal symbol.
My work is a fusion of powdered glass, luscious colors and precious metal into miniature paintings that bring bold accents of color to the human canvas on which they are worn.
I rarely sketch out my designs or inspirations before manifesting my ideas into metal, glass or canvas unless the design is extremely intricate. I prefer to start with the raw materials themselves since I understand how they will respond. Metal, stones, powdered glass and acrylic paint are the canvas upon which my ideas are sketched or expressed. My designs and creations come from emotions or the path that life offers me as an individual.
I design and fabricate all my jewelry from my home studio in Western Colorado. To maintain the integrity of my work, I am the sole creator of each piece from start to finish.
Each piece is made with lots of love.
* All of the gold and a large portion of silver used in my designs is recycled and re-used.