I was always thinking about making things, the first I remember was when we lived in England for a few years, I was 10 and had an idea of making little mice out of stones. I painted them with the nail polish that I had on hand (it was the 70’s so there were bright colors like blue and purple). My parents let me set up a little table in out front yard and they all sold in a day. That was very encouraging! I credit my parents for their kind and supportive nature. I continued creating and studying art in college and received a BFA from Syracuse University. Through the years (and two kids) I managed to keep creating all along, in the early days I had no studio just the living room with toys and kids playing. I was fortunate that my husband has been my biggest fan and has kept me from changing professions when I was having slow sale years and felt I should contribute more financially. Well it is 30 plus years later and I am still going, kids are on their own, daughter is getting married this year. I am still married to my wonderful husband.
I have always liked working 3D in some fashion. I did large sculptural work in college, continued later with carved wood block printing, experimented with mixed media using birch bark and canvas, made my own frames and got back into sculpture work doing wood carving in cedar and birch (mostly bird shaped bowls).
The last 3 years I have decided to work smaller (my back was giving me hints..) I started making wood and mixed media jewelry and realized WOW this is perfect for me! It involves working with materials that I like (wood, metal, oil painting) but in a small format. The wood in the jewelry collection is spalted yellow birch. What is spalted wood? Spalting occurs after the wood has been cut and natural elements start to break it down creating unique patterns and coloring. The process takes 2-3 years to get the amount of pattern that is used in my jewelry. All the wood I use is obtained sustainably, mostly from the Adirondack Region of Upstate New York where I now have a studio space along with one in Fayetteville, NY.
Every piece I make is handmade by me, from start to finish and I even take the photos. It is a labor of love and I feel that each piece has that vibe to it.