I love working with metal, the creative process, and the problem-solving inherent in making my designs a reality. I am inspired mainly by architecture and decorative as well as household objects, especially those from the mid-century modern era. Simple shapes, clean lines, and vibrant color are hallmarks of my work.
In my Ellipses series, I strive to capture the line, elegance and simplicity of mid-century modern design. I use color on interior surfaces, which are nonetheless visible to the wearer and the viewer.
Movement is an important element of this series. Most pieces are either comprised of separate components that move independently, or the design of the piece provides a sense of movement.
I hand-fabricate the work in this series using fine silver or bronze sheet, which I solder and form. I also feature nylon-coated steel beading wire as a connector of elements within many of these pieces. Although it is a material not usually meant to be seen, I find it beautiful. I use spray paint to add hints of color. A number of pieces in this series are featured in the Gallery.
As a child, I spent countless hours drawing, painting and making things. I continued to paint in college, where I ultimately received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. At that time I also became interested in the environment. I attended law school, received my Juris Doctor degree, and practiced environmental law as a federal and state government attorney. While the work was rewarding, I eventually realized that I needed to start making art again. In 2010, I took an introductory metals and jewelry class at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and was hooked. I began studying metalsmithing and jewelry design part time at MICA and later, the Baltimore Jewelry Center. In September 2015 I became a full time metalsmith and jewelry artist. I live and work in Baltimore, Maryland.