I grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine, where it was quiet, safe and almost always predictable. All that changed during my sophomore year in high school, when my mother's cousin, Pat, came to live with us.  Pat was (and still is) an artist, and I had always been in awe of her.  She traveled all over the world, dated famous actors, drove a tiny sports car, wore miniskirts and spike heels (it was the '70's) and, most fascinating of all, made her living as a painter. I wanted to be just like her.

 

Pat encouraged my three sisters and me to take art classes and to have a small sketchbook with us at all times. "You never know when inspiration will strike," she would say.  When a beginner's jewelry class was offered at our local art center, I signed up, bringing some of my sketches with me.   Suddenly, I was working in three dimensions!   It was a great revelation:  I had found my medium.

I have been making jewelry for nearly 25 years now. During that time, I have taught jewelry workshops, organized several local and regional craft shows and participated in countless wholesale and retail venues as an exhibitor. Currently, I am a consultant for the craft section of the Fine Furnishings Shows in Providence and Milwaukee, nationally recognized exhibitions of contemporary craft.

 

Eight years ago, my husband Jeffery and I settled in Pawtuxet Village, just south of Providence, RI, with our two dachshunds, Oliver and Charlotte. Like my hometown in Maine, it is quiet and safe.  I still carry a sketchbook wherever I go, because inspiration is unpredictable.

 

My current work is heavily influenced by my Scandinavian heritage, where clean lines, unadorned design and understatement are revered.  Jewelry is most evocative when it makes a subtle statement, and it is much wiser to subtract elements rather than add them.   It becomes an exercise in knowing when to stop.

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