After majoring in Art at Indiana University and graduating as an Art Specialist from Central Washington University, I taught art in the public schools and earned my masters degree in Liberal Arts from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
I spent years exploring other art media as well and settled on silver work in 2008 spending the winter refreshing my skills working with metals again. Silver combined beautifully with my deep appreciation for gems and other precious materials. It’s my wish that my jewelry designs will make other people feel my passion for jewelry and gems when they wear them.
I consider each piece of jewelry I make as a piece of sculpture that is also wearable art and I don't usually make duplicates. I am especially inspired by primitive and archeological jewelry designs. My work has been influenced by my extensive travel and the years I spent observing and living abroad. The stones are of major importance to me and I design the pieces around them. I like to work with simple basic processes, inventive problem solving solutions and the tools that have successfully created metal jewelry for the past 7000 years.
"Jewelry is an art form that enables the body to transgress it's nakedness, sometimes achieving
breathtaking beauty" Anne Leurquin
"Let the beauty you love be what you do" Rumi
"Make beauty every day" Jan Landin