From my earliest childhood, the energy of organic materials and the joy of creating with my hands drew me with magnetic force. I grew up fascinated by the tool shed of my grandfather, a carpenter and farmer who fashioned everything his family needed with his own hands. He built his own forge, even his own tools from scrap metal because nothing was ever wasted. His amazing creativity—borne of necessity—inspired me to choose a creative career myself.
In addition to the inheriting the family “fire” for metal smithing, I’ve always been fascinated, too, by the energetic powers of organic materials. Metals and gems come from deep within the earth. I believe that just as we draw them out from where they lie hidden, they in turn have the power to draw out what lies hidden inside of us. After a career in photography and web design, I took the next natural step to transfer my fascination with organic elements into full-time jewelry-making.
Originally, metal smithing started as a hobby to help relieve my stress from corporate work. Nature became my other day-to-day release. A walk in the woods can work wonders for me, and I think that's why my designs today have such a plant-like aesthetic. It’s also why from the earliest days of my metal smithing practice, I committed to reclaiming scrap metal and upcycling gems, as well as using substances and materials that nurture the planet.
My style is soft and nurturing. No two pieces are ever like. As an artist goal is to achieve “perfect imperfection”—just like nature delivers. Within this prefect imperfection, each piece reaches out and speaks to its new owner, forging anew that ancient connection between us and our planet.