I have been an "art major" since kindergarten and was very fortunate to always have lots of opportunity and encouragement to create throughout my school years. I began making and selling enameled metal jewelry in high school in the late 50s when I discovered a passion for color and the endless possibilities for fusing glass to copper. I continued my art studies at San Francisco State University and graduated with an MA degree in art, and then built my jewelry and photography businesses.
I taught jewelry making, including enameling, at Monterey Peninsula Community College from 1986 to 2013. I am now officially retired from teaching and keep busy with making jewelry, photographing jewelry and small sculpture for myself and others, gardening, and enjoying life in beautiful Monterey.
Halibut - enameled copper pin
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.
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Monterey Bay - Reflections
Fast forward to the present... and I still love enameling on metal. Many additional metal working techniques learned and applied throughout the years but what ties it altogether is my love for color, pattern and texture.
Much of my work expresses my 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, as well as the life that teems below, and find making jewelry a satisfying way to express this passion. If you are interested in seeing more of what I am up to with glass, metal, and my camera, please visit my blog.