In 1970 I studied ceramics at the De Young museum in San Francisco. I continued in ceramics at Washington State University in Pullman then at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. I realized over the next ten years that my favorite part of all this work in clay was surface design.
In 1975 I moved to the Northwest and found my way to Port Townsend in 1977. I worked in graphic design, watercolor, pen and pencil for the next 20 years. I still enjoy drawing in my sketchbook.
In 1998 I studied at the Art Institute in Seattle. There I learned to etch light metals. The process captivated me from the very beginning. I apprenticed at Ryk’s Custom Jewelry in 2001 refining my fabrication skills. Over the years I’ve developed a lot of control in the etching process however I love that tiny part over which I don’t have control. It allows for the element of surprise. “ Wow. I thought of this and now look where it’s taking me.”
Etching simplified is like using crayon on an egg and dying it. The crayon resists the dye and preserves what’s underneath it.
I consider myself a decorative artist. Over the last 20 years I have created brass switch plate covers; copper clocks, table sculpture and lamp shades . I enjoy applying the resist by hand rather then photo etching. Jewelry is a perfect sub- straight for this kind of application (tiny canvas). I use etching in fabricating sterling jewelry art and jewelry in copper called champleve.
I have shown and sold work all over Washington, Oregan, and California since the year 2000.
Sterling Silver with Coral (stone)
Moon Phases Cuff
Sterling Silver with Blue Moonstone (stone)
Earrings with Sailboats
Sterling Silver with Larimar (stone)
Sterling Silver with Garnet (stone)