I began my journey in jewelry while working as a freelance fashion art director in New York. Directing and styling photo shoots triggered my childhood memories of fashioning adornments out of found objects. Reconnecting with those memories prompted me to enroll at Parsons in the late 1980’s for an introductory course in jewelry making.
The first lighting of a torch renewed my love affair with jewelry. The years of art directing coupled with the continued exploration of metal fabrication deepened my passion for jewelry. The metal work, the art directing, the influence of many photographers, models and stylists shaped a new awareness within me; could we all be connected in some universal way?
Today, I no longer work as an art director, instead I am drawing upon my design ability, my experiences and my philosophic beliefs to develop a collection of zoomorphic jewelry. I think Zoomorphic imagery is the perfect expression for illustrating our many connections, or as I often call it, we are INTERCONNECTED.
This imagery is at the heart of my metal work. The use of textures, patterns and color all portray living elements that morph into one another, creating jewelry that is communicative and interesting to wear. Graphic images in use today throughout the world are used to communicate in a visual shorthand. I feel as if I am developing my own visual language of communication using traditional metals and precious gemstones. I believe this fluid concept creates a balance in my work between timelessness and a unique aesthetic in modern luxury adornment.