I've been making things as long as I can remember, and am happiest when involved in a hands-on project.
Many mediums interest me, but I fell in love with the look and feel of metal in my teen years. My dad was a silversmith, as a hobby. He had a small workshop in the basement of our family home. I spent many hours at his worktable experimenting & had a thriving business in my high school years, selling jewelry to friends & a small museum shop. When I left home, jewelry making fell by the wayside - though I never stopped experimenting w various mediums. It took about 20 years for me to rediscover my love for silver. I live, and work as a full time jewelry artist, in New Orleans, hand-fabricating my pieces with the tools I inherited from my father.
I am primarily self-taught and like to experiment in order to discover new ways of incorporating texture, color and images in my designs. Among the techniques I use are hand painting and developing photographs on enamel. I recently dove in to casting my own pieces. This has opened a new world of design possibilities & tho there has been a huge learning curve, I am eager to see where it takes me.
Life in New Orleans provides constant inspiration for my work, from the ironwork of the French Quarter, the majestic trees gracing our neighborhoods, to our many religions and rich traditions. I believe that my work, while not always directly representational, reflects the soul and diversity of life in southern Louisiana.
I want people to wear and love my jewelry, from the everyday to the special occasion. I take great pride in knowing that the bulk of my business is repeat customers & knowing that my customers are happy. I am truly grateful to be able to make a living doing what I love….
just a few of the things that inspire me & make me happy......