I’ve been painting for over 25 years, and have an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. I credit my dreams for leading me on a path to creating art, starting with journaling about my dreams, then painting them. Eventually this grew into the practice of dreaming while I paint, preferring to leave the process open to whatever appears out of suggested patterns and textures in the paint. Frequent themes include birds, trees, flowers, women and dreaming Buddhas.
Regarding my jewelry, I am gratified by the idea of functionality, and that people can wear my art! These days I often start a painting thinking about how the images might translate into jewelry. I invented a process in which I create transparent images of my artwork so that I have silver or gold-leaf behind the images. The metallic leaf gives the images a shimmering glow, and the convex glass makes them very dimensional. Though there is a photographic reproduction process involved, each piece is created by hand, involving the photo transfer, metallic leaf application, and sealing with resin. I offer both simple and vintage setting pendants… and earrings based on the same designs.
I currently make my home in Ridgefield, WA. From March through December, I retail my artwork directly through Portland Saturday Market. Please visit my stores page to see if there is a store or gallery that sells my jewelry in your area.