About me

Curious about the gems and jewels in childhood fairy tales, I plunged into a lifelong fascination with precious stones and metals.  Goldsmithing is my passion.  My formal education started at California College of the Arts with a BFA in Metal Arts and continued with studies at the Kulicke-Starke Academy and the Gemological Institute of America, both in New York, and the Revere Academy in San Francisco.  I explored processes and techniques involving direct fabrication, wax carving, rendering, and gemology.

As an art student researching multi-cultural metalsmithing traditions, metales casados (married metals) from Mexico and mokume gane (wood grain metal) from Japan fascinated and inspired me. Blending elements of each technique enabled me to create a hybrid fusion of multicolor and multi-karat gold compositions, each with its own unique rhythm and flow.

I draw inspiration from nature and live by the ocean where moonlight shimmers on the waves and the wind etches patterns into sand dunes.  Sometimes I incorporate literal images such as leaves or flowers into the design; sometimes, abstract patterns and textures.   

Accomplishments

• Art Guild of Pacifica group shows at the Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA 

            2013-present

• Annual Holiday Group Show, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA

1999 to present

• Annual Wedding Ring Group Shows at Nancy Margolis Gallery, Camden, ME; NW Barrett Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; Selo/Shevel Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI; A Mano Gallery, New Hope, PA; Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Mindscape Gallery, Evanston, IL; Tesori Gallery, San Mateo, CA; Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA; The Clay Pot, Brooklyn, NY

1988 through the 1990s

• ACC Craft Fairs in Baltimore, MD; W. Springfield, MA; San Francisco, CA

1985 – 1992

• Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; Affaire in the Garden, Beverly Hills, CA; Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA

1980s

• Custom designed web page – 1st Place in Jewelry award in the Silverhawk Fine Crafts Internet Competition

1996, 1997, 1998 

• Cash Award, Craft and Sculpture Show, Marin Society of Artists, Ross, CA

      1981 

• Honorable Mention, 8th International Pearl Design Contest, Tokyo, Japan

      1980

1998 – Primary Award in jewelry

3rd Annual Silverhawk Fine Crafts Internet Exhibition

1998 – Wedding Ring Show

Nancy Margolis Gallery – Portland, ME

1998 – Wedding Ring Show

Del Mano Gallery – Pasadena, CA

1997 – First Place in jewelry

2nd Annual Silverhawk Fine Crafts Internet Exhibition

1996 – First Place in jewelry

1st Annual Silverhawk Fine Crafts Internet Exhibition