I simply love the creative process! There will never be enough time to work through all the ideas that have accumulated in my sketchbooks and in my head. And this is probably true of all creative people.
My inspiration comes from nature which is not uncommon for many artists. My garden serves as the initial catalyst; getting up close to the plants, flowers and creatures furthers that process. Intimately investigating the garden elements requires the macro setting on my camera to record the amazing things there. Researching microscopic life is another venue that brings me closer to the building blocks of our infinitely wondrous natural world, relishing its shapes, colors, patterns and textures.
In order to help convey part of that natural world in my jewelry, I alter the surface of the metals via etching, hammering, sanding, scratching, and rolling metal through a mill to pick up textures of other flat objects. Interesting surfaces also emerge through experimenting with enameling techniques. The resulting enameled pieces can be combined with gemstones, found materials, and other traditional and non-traditional materials.
Throughout my art teaching career in public schools, I maintained a creative life which traversed more than a few roads. Printmaking was my studio focus while working for my MS in Art Education at Buffalo State in Buffalo, New York. After moving to Raleigh in the late 70’s, I continued working with that art process. Somehow, I segued into clay and after a time was awarded a United Arts Council Grant to explore printmaking techniques on clay. Then, the raku process of firing clay tempted me to make and fire beads, striving for the beautiful lusters common to that process. And that was the beginning of the romance with making jewelry.
Over the years I attended seven 2 week summer sessions at Penland involving printmaking, ceramics and metals and have been awesomely inspired! I have also participated in workshops with well-known jewelers at Pullen Art Center in Raleigh.