I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. The focus of my artwork has always revolved around wearable art made from metal. Most recently my concentrations have been on designing and fabricating distinctive jewelry ranging from pieces acceptable for everyday wear to more unique, sculptural pieces reserved for special occasions. My work is exhibited in galleries throughout Michigan and is also featured in the book “On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets” by Suzanne Ramljak.
As an adjunct instructor I have taught a number of courses including Three Dimensional Design and Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Grand Valley State University, Introduction to Jewelry/Metal Production, Color on Metal, Metal/Jewelry Design I and Metal/Jewelry Design Thesis at Kendall College of Art and Design, and Jewelry at Grand Rapids Community College. In 2011 I was invited to be an artist mentor for Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts ArtWorks program, which has received the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
Human interactions and emotions form the base, the most prominent thoughts impacting my work, a driving creative force caused by reflection on my surroundings. Acknowledging personal encounters is the source of the work. Wearable art is a form of expression and communication, interacting with both the wearer and the viewer. Metal has an alluring quality, capturing the attention of the viewer and seeking to liberate the wearer by producing a sense of elegance and individuality. The smooth surfaces complement the line quality and movement of the metal while various textures present energy consistent with the creation of the work, both of which are graceful and distinct. The fabrication and adornment of jewelry and sculpture to wear is powerful and captivating.