Inspiration for my designs comes from materials, environments, and lifestyles. The influences of the urban lifestyle of New York City and the natural beauty of Oregon combine to give my work a distinctive look. My studies in architecture and urban design taught me the impact detail has on style. It is my firm belief that jewelry should make a statement, not a suggestion. My designs reflect that principle in their boldness of scale, texture, and color.
Design has its challenges, including learning new skills and incorporating new materials. Last year I became a member of a local artists' co-operative. The members encourage each other to investigate new perspectives and I have found my creativity has been stimulated, motivating me to push the envelope in my work. I also am inspired by the work of artists, architects, and designers such as Alexander Calder, Charles Rennie Macintosh and William Morris. My desire to learn even more techniques and skills brings a fresh perspective to my work.