artist | designer | creative thinker
My mother was an art teacher when I was young; I attribute the bulk of my talent to her encouragement and shared creativity. At an early age, I helped her plan projects for the classroom and tote supplies to summer camp. I’m pretty sure I knew how to batik by the age of four.
My father was a carpenter. Our garage was his shop and the scent of sawdust has been a favorite since before I could talk, I am sure. Inherently, his craftsmanship genes are the reason I like those funny flat pencils and I like to build things.
My passion for design was inspired by my mom, who made it her career choice when I was an impressionable teen. I took every art class my schools offered and I never met a medium I did not like.
I developed a strong liking for printmaking in high school and honed my craft further in my college art curriculum. However, what quickly became my most favorite course — metalsmithing — has stayed with me and fuels my zeal for jewelry design to this day.
Having always been rather curious, I enjoy imagining how things are made and knowing which tools perform which tasks. I tinker and experiment with various materials and processes. It excites me to envision a final product, sketch it out, and then construct it.
I once asked for an electric sander for my birthday. I have wielded three torches at once with a lathe of warm glass in front of me. I have sewn a dress from scratch in less than twenty four hours. And I most certainly own more art supplies than shoes.