I hail from the tall pine forests of North Carolina, where I developed a love for all things handmade. Ever since I can remember, I have been creating things with my hands. Over the years I have had successful art businesses in batik design, basketry and ceramics. It thrills me to transform a raw material such as clay, fabric or fiber into a beautiful object that brings pleasure to the owner. My artistic path has now brought me to metal, and I feel that I am home. I now work in a small artisan workshop where I fabricate my jewelry and boxes from wire and flat sheets of silver, brass and reclaimed copper. The metal is hand-sawed, formed, filed, hammered and polished into a beautiful work of art which accurately reflects the intended idea or symbol..
Until recently my passion for jewelry design remained on hold, as I followed my professional path as a clinical social worker, counseling hospice patients and their families and developing a line of educational resources for hospice caregivers. My experience with people who have limited time to live taught me to cherish life and to savor the preciousness of each moment. I believe this passion for life is reflected in my jewelry, as each piece carries a tiny, hidden message affirming life. My work can be described as a balance between organic and refined. I draw inspiration from children's stories, quotes and poems and the natural beauty surrounding me. Found objects, beads and stones are often incorporated into my work, lending a touch of whimsy and color.