This collection was inspired by daily walks in Delaware and Florida with my labradoodle, Oscar. These nature walks were a time for exercising my body, and more so my mind - unearthing the designs earrings, bracelets and necklaces from nature's shapes: seeds, pods and nuts, which had fallen to the ground.
My metalsmithing technique is a method of logical and technical steps that begins with raw metal to accomplish a finished piece. Some of these pieces have elements that have been cast to keep the integrity of nature's organic seed. The process of getting to a finished piece, from working up the design to implementing the fabrication, is so exciting to me.
Movement is very much a part of my DNA and so is the design of my pieces. I strive to move the eye around each piece, from a starting point to a finishing point. You will find, as you walk through my show, that gold and gemstones highlight and give dimension to the metal, marrying the process together.
I discovered my love of metalsmithing during a two-day ring workshop taught by Heidi Lowe at the Rehoboth Art League in 2003. This collection is my first solo show and I am so proud to be presenting at Heidi Lowe Gallery.