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Monterey Bay - Reflections 


“Brain imagining indicates that proximity to water floods the brain with feel-good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol actually drop. Scientists have also discovered that  water increases our ability to focus.”    Wallace J. Nichols

My jewelry designs express a reverence for the beautiful ocean I have lived near all my life. I am inspired by the constantly changing colors, patterns and movement of the surface of the water, as well as the life that teems below.

In my work, I frequently utilize images, shapes and textures with symbolic connections that are both obvious and ambiguous. What is especially meaningful to me is the power of color to influence one’s state of mind and health, and find the color aqua particularly soothing and calming. I feel most fortunate to live where I can see the Monterey Bay every day.