It took a long time for me to call myself an artist. With no formal training, I learned my jewelry techniques like any determined woman would – asking questions of anyone that would listen, reading the few books available at the time, and plenty of trial and error. I would take sheets and wires of sterling silver, cut them, shape them, heat them, add colorful gemstones or pieces of art glass to them, and almost magically, they would become beautiful jewelry creations.
One day I realized that the jewelry I create has always been a direct expression of my passion and my world. My designs always reflect where I am in my life. The colors I use are inspired by the myriad of creatures (human, canine, feline, avian, reptilian and piscine) that inhabit my home. The organic shapes and textures often repeated in my work are direct reflections of the miniature temperate rain forest that is my backyard in Aldergrove, British Columbia.
My children will tell you that I am obsessed with jewelry, my husband will just roll his eyes. My friends all know how passionate I am about the pieces I create, the gemstones I collect, the tools I treasure, the students I share my knowledge with …. I guess I AM an artist! And very proud of it!