"Quite by chance, gardening and metalsmithing captured me at about the same time. And to this day, I am simply mesmerized by the way things grow up out of the earth — the way they adapt with great resilience to their particular little universes. Though nature is predictable it is also reckless — it flings its elements about so that nothing ever happens quite the same way twice."
Born in Oklahoma, I have lived in most regions of America over the years, but California is home, and was home from my first visit in 1976, even though I was not here permanently until 1983. Now, dividing my time between Rockridge, Inverness and Ubud, Bali, my places all offer up beauty beyond anything I could imagine as a child in dry, flat, brown land.
Having attended Colorado College and Stephen F. Austin State University and earned degrees are in Journalism and English, my first career was as a college teacher and my second, a corporate marketer (for many years on both coasts). But in 1994, the corporate world became too much – too driven, too male, too impersonal, too competitive. Once I quit and sat still for a while, there it was. Beautiful jewelry. One-of-a-kind pieces. Art in wearable form. I wanted it, and I wanted to make it.
With basic classes at City College/San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Richmond Art Center, Mendocino Art Studio, seminars here and there, I started setting up a studio. No art degree. No formal training. Just some basics, a studio, and me.