ARTIST STATEMENT

I draw inspiration from many sources, including architecture and decorative and household objects—especially of the mid-century modern era.  I'm fascinated by the contrast between the imaginative colors and playful shapes characteristic of mid-century modern design and the relatively conservative social norms of that era. 

I make subtle use of bright color that is nonetheless visible to the wearer and viewer.  I spray paint interior surfaces, and sometimes use heat-shrink tubing, silk thread or other materials to provide color and to function as connectors.  I hand-fabricate my pieces from fine or sterling silver, bronze and other metals. I often use nylon-coated steel wire as a connector of elements. Though traditionally it was a material not meant to be seen, I find it visually interesting juxtaposed with classic shapes and traditional jewelry materials.

 

ABOUT ME

As a child, I spent countless hours drawing, painting and making things.  I continued to study painting 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.