I first encountered the the intricate minutiae of nature that has become the primary focus of my photography and jewelry during a biological research trip to the cloud forests of Costa Rica during in 2004. Doing scientific research taught me how to find the unique. extraordinary and oft overlooked, and to always search beyond the obvious. I discovered a whole new world, one that most people never see simply because they scurry through life so fast that they don't take the time to look up, look down, look under, or peer inside of the seemingly mundane or ordinary.
I learned about the golden ratio, the Fibonacci sequence, and how nature does beautifully intricate math. I try to capture the essence of these concepts in my metalwork, polymer art and unretouched photography.
My artistic roots literally come from the ground - a few decades ago, I took many pottery classes, and I found that my hands could make the images from my mind materialize. Shortly thereafter, I discovered polymer "clay" in 1991, when I needed affordable accessories to go with my business suits (and I still wear these first pieces). In the early 2000's, my focus shifted to biological research and to creative, artistic endeavors. Complex medical issues forced me to discontinue my active, non-stop lifestyle in 2009. In 2011, I began to fulfill a lifelong dream of creating my own designs with flame and hammers (fueled by my awe of the bench jewelers in the traditional jewelry stores where I worked in the 80's).
I enjoy teaching others to explore their dreams of creating fantastic things out of metal. I am available for private lessons at my studio in MetroWest Massachusetts.
Please contact me with any questions or comments!
People with complex medical issues like mine are referred to as "zebras," as doctors are often taught the premise in medical school - that "when you hear hoofbeats - think horses." (in other words, the most obvious answer is usually the right one.)
Not in my case. I am most definitely not a horse. I am a zebra. Being creative helps to distract me from my maladies. Daily life is becoming more difficult for me, and I am limited in how much time I can spend in my studio, and most recently, what I can do when I am there. I am still trying to come to terms with these increasing limitations that are keeping me from the very thing that once helped me leave my medical issues outside the studio door.
When I am unable to use art to express myself, I try to turn to writing. I haven't been as public with my thoughts and opinions lately. When I make it past my current medical challenges, I will return to sharing. The link to my medical blog is below....