I've always viewed art as a form of communication and it seems that there are many things within us that speak most eloquently through artistic expression. The act of creation strikes me as the most honest way in which we humans can offer a glimpse of ourselves to the world at large. The creative process also serves as a way for one to understand ones own psyche and give voice to things within oneself that are not readily understood.
I enjoy producing coloring books because it brings together the creativity of two individuals into one piece of work and it's very rewarding for me to see how my work is interpreted and explored by others. The range of coloring expressions I've seen over the years has been impressive and I enjoy creating new designs and seeing new interpretations from those who color them.
I'm fascinated by jewelry because people seem to have an intimate relationship with their favorite pieces. Over time, a simple piece of jewelry can evolve into a personal symbol that calls forth memories and offers one strength or a sense of happiness.
I'm primarily inspired by objects and components that are mass produced and readily available, yet slightly unusual in form because it's an interesting challenge to find ways to produce jewelry using odd shapes and materials. I also like taking apart vintage machines to see what unusual parts I can find in order to form jewelry pieces around them.
I realize my style of jewelry isn't for everyone, but I appreciate that
those who've collected my pieces over the years seem to enjoy them!
One of my favorite things to do is draw with black ink on white paper because you can express so much with such simple materials. Working with ink also forces you to take care with your work because you cannot erase any mistakes or undo any poor decisions - you have to fix them, incorporate them into the piece, or reconsider your choices and try something new. I make an effort to approach life in a similar fashion.
Here is my most recent drawing: