I've always wanted to be an artist. After completing two art degrees, I taught for a few years before I was able to devote myself to my jewelry full time in 2006. I live in the same area of rural upstate NY where I grew up. I've always been interested in plants, and learned the names of the local trees and wildflowers early on. When I translate a plant into a piece of jewelry, I like to use forms that make sense when worn, combining the complexity of flowers, leaves and twigs with simple geometric shapes. Water is also a source of inspiration. Like metal, it can take almost any form. My water inspired pieces are usually the most fun for me to make, since I get to watch the metal turn fluid and form a perfect droplet.
My Etsy shop, where I've sold over 20,000 pieces since 2006, has kept me very busy.
Occasionally an item seems to get a lot of attention, and then I'm busy making one thing for a while. I've been fortunate to have had my work featured in magazines and blogs. A few examples are Lucky magazine, designsponge, and Southern Lady. I was excited to be Etsy's featured seller in November of 2008, and my work was seen on the Martha Stewart Show during a section on Etsy. Making a large volume of work each day is demanding, but also very rewarding. I enjoy working directly with my customers. I use ethical or created gemstones and recycled metals whenever possible and try to reduce waste by using a minimum of packaging.