My art is inspired by a plant I encounter while hiking through the mountains, the shape of a rock I pluck from the river, my natural surroundings, a sound, glimpse, or smell.
I am a silversmith living in Winthrop, Washington, a picturesque town in the North Cascade mountains. I am an outdoor enthusiast, gardener, wife and mother, farmer, and world wanderer. My studio is situated inside a bright, architecturally stunning greenhouse in the town of Twisp.
Until 2012 I made most of my jewelry using an antique drill press. I sold my jewelry locally and online. After saving funds made through sales, I invested in silversmithing equipment, reacquainted myself with techniques I had not practiced in 20 years, and quickly produced an extensive, exclusive portfolio. Now, I sell my work here and through 22 different galleries throughout the United States.
My botanical jewelry is hand fabricated. Many people assume that it is cast or dipped. I start with silver sheets and wire, saw, solder, file, texture, form, oxidize and polish every piece. My intention is not to replicate the plants, but to recreate them with silver with as much detail as possible. My goal with every piece is to make the metal appear alive.
When not in my studio, you can find me in the mountains, with my family and 2 labradors, tilling soil in my garden, or volunteering at local farms.