I am a classically trained artist, who just happens to love jewelry and working around the human form. Before college, I was all about being a painter and creating surrealistic portraits that aspired to convey the way emotional states impacted the physical body. While I really enjoyed painting, and still do when time allows, I always felt there was something missing. Paintings were just depictions of my ideas, and I found myself craving something more tangible, something that could be a part of our reality.
It wasn't until college, when I took my first metalsmithing class that I became aware of the world of art jewelry. An art form that can become a part of our lives, we can live in it and it can become a part of our personal story.(Plus, who doesn't love creating beautiful things while playing with fire!) After graduating, I pursued my career in jewelry by working for various fine jewelry masters in the Houston area. I learned so many practical skills about the jewelry business from them, but I missed the more artistic side of the work, so after a few years I went back to college to get my Masters of Fine Arts in metalsmithing. During graduate school and afterwards I worked as a college instructor of various introductory level art classes. Teaching is a great and satisfying experience, but at the end of the day I would find myself creatively drained and less motivated to create my own works. So after a few years of teaching, I decided take the leap and devote myself entirely to creating my own designs and custom work.
These days I am busy finding the balance of running a business, being an artist, and living the mom life. Admittedly things can get a little crazy sometimes but it is never boring, and I enjoy the challenge of doing what I love each day.
Typically, the main inspiration behind the look of my designs is the transitional flow of natural forms. All things interconnected and flowing into one another to create a mesmerizing balance of form, function, and beauty.
All work is handmade by me as one of a kind or limited series. Work is produced with the most environmentally respectful processes possible with quality reclaimed precious metals , with natural, responsibly sourced gemstones, and minimal waste. In the special case of custom work, I also encourage clients to remake old or heirloom jewelry into something new whenever it is appropriate.
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