Art Jewelry and Mixed Media Art
There is beauty and usefulness in all things. So much energy, design, and creativity are invested in all the materials that we use in our day to day lives, and so much of it is taken for granted and thrown away. I’ve always used salvaged scraps and various fragments to create my personal work, the whole process of transforming discarded materials into art jewelry and other objects has always struck me as magical and gratifying. Over the years, that magical process has sent me on a journey of discovery. I create from the inside out. Though I work quite deliberately, consciously exploring the attributes of my materials, addressing their limitations and creating innovative techniques by which I can manipulate and repurpose them, my unconscious carries me across the barriers into new and uncharted possibilities.
I focus more on what I think things “could be” rather than what most people think they “should be” – for me it’s always about “transformation and possibilities”! My experimentation with unusual found objects and alternative materials frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for wonderful accidents and new techniques that influence the finished product.
If my work has a mission, it is this: To see the beauty and potential of all things and the possibilities that a different point of view can create. It may be an empty water bottle, plastic utensils, rubber tubing, electrical wires, trash bags, paper or threads. Whatever the material or the original purpose, it can be transformed into something new and unexpected with a new and viable reason for existing.
My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places and see the possibilities of a different point of view.