My inspiration comes from two lifelong loves: art and nature. The hummingbird has always fascinated me with its vibrant colors and the beautiful flowers that it feeds upon. My collections include the different habitats of the hummingbird and their flower families.
Color is one of my first considerations when I begin a new design. In my jewelry, I try to emulate the magical and striking color combinations that are displayed by the hummingbird and its flowers. In my metal work, I explore the fascinating versatility of metal and its ability to demonstrate the organic and fluid qualities that are found in nature.
How It Started
I have always been involved in some type of artistic endeavor for as long as I can remember. From the time I was very young to the present, I have experimented with many different art forms including needlepoint pillows, hook rugs, seed bead jewelry, batik clothing, silk screen art, mosaic mirrors, painted wooden bowls, painted furniture and more.
I began my journey into the world of jewelry with a passion for beading and then expanded my work to include wirework, chain maille and metalsmithing.
I create one of a kind artistic treasures that are whimsical, ethnic, a little funky, elegant and unusual. My collections are composed of sterling silver wire and plate, unique beads from around the world, semiprecious and natural stones and found objects.
I have been making jewelry for the last five years. I have participated in many local and home shows and worked with several nonprofit organizations to help raise funds for special causes through the sale of my jewelry. I continue to educate myself in metalsmithing at Art Center Manatee. In June, 2012, I received an "Excellence in Jewelry" award at the Art Center Manatee show "Inspired Visions" for my necklace "Metal in Motion".
You can find my work at Art Uptown on Main Street in Sarasota; an artist owned gallery composed of the work of 30 local and professional artists. Go to artuptown.com and click on "shop by artist".
I am so excited by the many creative opportunities that this art form has opened up to me. I hope you enjoy my jewelry as much as I enjoy creating it.