I am a full-time artist creating abstracted visual hybrids of plants and insects in plastic, paper and metal. I am intrigued by the geometric structures of insects and plants. The shapes and patterns they share by way of coevolution informs my creative exploration. My current sculptural works and wearable art are influenced by research of the flora and fauna of central Texas and my personal gardens.
Most of what I create is dually seated in both jewelry and sculpture and the two constantly inform one another. My entrance into jewelry design was very much guided by my desire to create miniature sculptures. In the last four years, I have been experimenting with scaling my work up, creating larger sculptural works and public works of art.
I received a degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduating and working countless freelance jobs in the bay area, I came across an unpaid internship on craigslist to study with a goldsmith learning simple fabrication and soldering techniques with silver and gold wire. The business was a one woman jewelry design studio run out of a co-op boutique. Her studio was essentially an office cubicle to one side of the shop.
At the time, I was creating sculptures in paper and plastic and the idea of becoming more familiar with metalworking in any capacity an attractive one. I had been wanting to translate my ideas from paper to metal and this seemed like a promising first step. I worked as an unpaid apprentice for about 6 months part time learning basic fabrication and soldering as well as the backend aspects of managing a micro business production line and online store.
After the apprenticeship ended, I continued to work with metal, mostly copper, opened my online store where I sell most of my work to this day. I went from hand-fabricating to casting about 6 years ago when a friend of mine requested that I make a custom engagement ring utilizing his dog's puppy teeth as inspiration. I spend about equal time creating jewelry and sculpture and hope to find more time to get back into drawing as well.