I have been a jewelry artist for almost 50 years. The word “artist” appeals to me instead of “craftsman” because I strive to “DESIGN” a piece of jewelry, not just string beads or set stones. I strive to create a wearable piece of jewelry that embodies a sense of harmony in color, style and tone and thrive on the challenge to create a necklace where all of the various parts compliment one another. It is also important to me that a necklace or pendant hangs nicely when worn. In addition, I hand-make some of the beads, cut some of the stones and also incorporate antique pieces into some of the necklaces.
While my first jewelry-making experiences were in the 60’s, I returned to college to study metalsmithing and graduated from Colorado State University in 1980 with a B.F.A (smithing concentration) degree. I had a shop in Estes Park, Colorado for four years, taught metal-smithing to young people at the Toledo Museum of Art for eight years, and recently retired from the WCSD after teaching art for 35 years. Excited to once again have personal time, I joined the Reno Gem and Mineral Society and am using my new found freedom to further explore artistic challenges!