I grew up in rural
Connecticut and moved west permanently after working at a school on the
Navajo Reservation midway through college. I fell in love with the
western landscape, and eventually completed my BFA in 1973 at the
University of Colorado.
My jewelry combines bold, simple, sculptural shapes to create a dynamic
of tension and balance. My design vocabulary derives
from a wide range of sources which reflect my personal interests: the
natural forms of rocks and seashells that I have collected since
childhood, the lines and contours of landscapes where I have lived and
traveled, the rich surfaces and intriguing shapes I find in weathered
areas of the city. I am also interested in tribal and ancient jewelry
that illustrates human curiosity about and need for arranging found
objects in new, personal patterns. My jewelry refers to classical and
primitive traditions while remaining distinctly contemporary.