I am drawn to imagery that reflects a connection to spirit, awareness, curiosity, and playfulness. My work explores the idea that, beyond the role of adornment, jewelry can act as a visual and tactile manifestation of memories, dreams, stories, and intentions. I believe that jewelry can become a powerful symbol of personal mythos, as well as a reminder to cultivate presence and openness.
All pieces are initially hand-fabricated from sterling silver or gold. Most shapes are sawed out, then refined with tiny files, and the pieces are folded, forged, and soldered together. I often texture and oxidize my work to bring out its delicate details and sculptural dimensionality. A supporter of conscious sustainability, I use recycled metals and responsibly sourced gems.
I was introduced to metalsmithing as an undergraduate in Studio Art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I attended Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, after which I was employed for several years as a goldsmith by Stephen Vincent in Minneapolis. When I set out on my own in 2009, I spent several months in New Mexico. This experience continues to inform and influence my work. Drawing inspiration from the unexpected beauty and sense of impending loss that can be encountered in the collision of the industrial and natural worlds, I often explore images of a fading American mythology. My work, which can stir unique individual associations, also tends to point to our essential connectedness and a certain shared experience of the world.