Feeling a refresh..and my artist statement must follow suit…..
My work is real… It is energetic, sometimes figurative and always about real life.
As a silversmith and artist of 20 years, I create pieces that reference history, as well as contemporary urban life. My work tells stories of real people living real life through the use of silver, metal, glass, resin, wood and other mixed-media materials. I create expressive pieces that come from heartwarming memories of my own or my collector’s lives, or from re-purposing objects and components in a manner that aid the owners of my pieces to take desired risks in their lives, or attract more abundance such as harmony, love and laughter into their world. These components can be raw in their authenticity, but always beautiful in their uniqueness
My work is drawn from a unique combination of art school, metal smithing, extensive cultural research; creating and repairing ethnographic adornment, and a strong fashion back round. I build Talismans, prayer boxes and amulets for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years. My early collection began at Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and more, where I began a commercial line of jewelry. I also build large sculptural pieces that participated in museum exhibits including Smithsonian and Art Institute of New York. Author of my second book, Resin Alchemy, an Amazon 2013 best seller list, includes a pioneering ten year body of work.
Currently, my new work can be seen in March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE and a successful component line of jewelry sold exclusively in Michaels.