On Monet’s bridge
On my last visit to France, the visit to Monet’s home was a highlight. It was a magical day. To stand in a painting is to live my artist’ life.
All pieces are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs. Sketching the designs has always set the projects into motion. In drawing up the shapes and ideas, it is easier to create the jewelry.
I play in themes – Jellyfish, Mermaids, African Shields, Ginkgo motifs, Ganesha, Infinity, Asian gardens, Ndebele houses, heroic women of our times, and musical musings dedicated to my favorite musical artists. A favorite collection is an homage to artist Gustav Klimt called, "Gustav Klimt, I Love You", and new in 2018 SHEROES!, a group of designs dedicated to the women who lift me and keep me strong.
“The Music of Cufflinks”, the new cufflinks created for The Kennedy Center in D.C. in 2018. The work is so different, jewelry for men? Finally! Women can wear these too. I’m working on series I call the “Wilma Rocks”, big colorful slabs of poly clay in a necklace design with anodized aluminum wire and other elements.
Materials and Process
Using anodized aluminum and mixed materials, earrings are cut, formed, stamped and shaped into playful designs. Cold form work is what I do, using saws and files without fire to produce my jewelry. A bit of heat is used in the polymer clay designs for pendants, brooches, and cufflinks.
Working my office (in good weather), is on our redwood deck, in a small town, in Northern California. This is where you'll find me most days. We live in Haystack California.
I use niobium earring wires, so even the most metal sensitive can wear my designs. Nb, niobium #41 on the Periodic Table of Elements. The ear wires I use are made with niobium and are hypoallergenic because they do not contain any nickel alloys, so they are safe for someone who is allergic to jewelry with nickel, copper, or other base metals and alloys.
"If you're any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements in shapes and colors of where you were."
– Romare Bearden