Creating art has been a part of my life since early childhood. Being raised by a creative mother, art was a part of my everyday life.
While attending college at Western Michigan University, I found pure joy in working in pottery. Shape, color and form became my creative outlet and I really enjoyed making objects that were functional.
After receiving a Bachelorís in Fine Art Degree in 1983, I worked until 1997 in accounting. My creative side got satisfied when there was time. It was in 1997 that I discovered beads, their shape, color and different sizes. I put my day job on hold and my creative exploration unfolded.
Designing jewelry was a natural expression for these wonderful objects. I learned Native American off-loom weaving techniques, peyote and brick stitches as well as herringbone stitch originating in Africa. Semi-precious stone cabochons were incorporated to make pins and pendants, surrounded by the color and texture of the weaving.
It was in 2004 that I came across a product that combined my ceramic talent and jewelry, precious metal clay. I am now able to mold and form my own creations in fine silver, bronze and copper.
I became certified in Precious Metal Clay in 2005 and in 2008 I received my certification in Art Clay.
Being an avid gardener and preferring to be in quiet remote wooded places, all my pieces have a tie to nature. My palette is silver, bronze, copper and an array of beads.
Molding, forming and creating is an ongoing exploration. A few years ago I taught myself another medium, glass. I now incorporate my own lamp work beads and fused glass into my jewelry.
My past experiences and education have come full circle. I have gone through an evolution to discover what I love doing today and I continue to find new ways to express myself as an artist.