I've always experienced the world through the eyes of a mover and a maker. It is how I learn. It is how I best communicate.
Over 30 yrs. ago, while pursuing my first career as a modern dancer, I also began to dabble in jewelry making. I could often be found be at rehearsals sitting in the wings with beads, wire and a cutters in my hands while waiting for my entrance. For me, dance was a collaborative experience, whereas jewelry making was solitary. This new passion took me out of the frenetic urban environments where I lived, to places of natural beauty where I collected the found treasures that would become the center pieces of my jewelry work. Gradually, over many years, my 2 creative passions shifted in importance and I became primarily a metalsmith and only an occasional, yet enthusiastic dabbler in dance!
My original impetus for making jewelry was born out of practicality, a desire to find a way to carry with me and show off the treasures that I found on my adventures. The beach stones, shells, twigs, moss and sea glass were tangible reminders of these soul enriching journeys.
I love the process of starting with a flat sheet of metal, then through the processes of hand cutting, bending ,texturing and soldering, it becomes a 3dimensional object. Wow!
My jewelry pieces are often complicated constructions, but their designs are simple and bold and are often about finding thoughtful ways of showcasing a found element.
My pieces are a way for me to share my experiences and are constant reminders of our connection in this grand universe.
J u r i e d E x h i b i t i o n s & S e l e c t e d A w a r d s
'Mining Creativity': Works in Stone Guenzel Gallery, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI 2018
'Collaborations' Abel Contemporary Gallery, Belleville, WI 2018
'Best of Jewelry' Edina ArtFair, Edina, MN 2017
'Best of Jewelry' Uptown ArtFair, Minneapolis, MN 2015
'Art of Adornment' Guenzel Gallery, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI 2007
'Eight Counties Exhibition' John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI 1998-2010
'Honorable Mention' Alive In the Arts, Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth Wisconsin 2007
'Can't See Beyond the Trees' Rowe Art Gallery, Carroll University, Waukesha, WI 2004
'Best of Show' Outdoor Arts Festival, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 2004
'Winter Juried Exhibition' Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI 2003
'Wisconsin Metalworks' Art Space, Kohler, WI 1999
P u b l i c a t i o n s
'Transitioning Elements' by Kay Myers, Madison Essentials Magazine May 2015
'Variations On the Dance' by Deanne Schultz, Lakeshore Living Magazine March-April 2012