My father was a painter and growing up, canvases with vivid splashes of color were everywhere in our house, along with tubes of paint, paintbrushes, and photographs. As a little girl, I would paint with my own paint by number sets while sitting beside my father as he painted for hours. I grew up spending much of my time at out door arts and crafts shows with my father and his friends who painted and created fine crafts. My father’s real job though was as a neon tube bender in a sign shop. I loved to tag along and watch him work the glass tubing in a torch. The memories of the soft luminous glow of the neon have remained with me and continue to influence my work today. I think it is why I am so drawn to dichroic glass whose use is a major component of my kaleidoscopes and jewelry. Little did I know during those formative growing up years that I was learning lessons about color, light and form that would define my own work as I began to create stained glass in the early 80’s. In 1985, I discovered contemporary kaleidoscopes and directed my work exclusively on kaleidoscopes until 2000.
In 2000, a growing interest in jewelry shifted the direction of work. Drawing from techniques learned from attending many classes and workshops in glass fusing, lampworking, sandblasting and metalsmithing, the jewelry is a compilation of many different inspirations, concepts and techniques learned over the past twenty years.
The focus of this website is my wearable art jewelry. Each piece carries a connection to past work that becomes a common thread for future work. Even with this common thread, each piece evolves from its predecessors as they all are reflections of myself as I continue to change and grow.