|Metaphor for death:
torch-fired vitreous enamel on copper. enamel techniques: painted, sifted, over-fired & under/sugar-fired. pierced, formed, fabricated, textured, prong set, soldered, oxidized. sterling, copper
Torch-fired enamel on copper utilizing sgraffito through liquid enamel and/or acid-etched enamel with graphite drawings.
I am an art jeweler and create rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooch/pendants, and special items, as requested. Virtually all pieces are one of a kind and are generally created in series surrounding a particular theme.
I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts. Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular level shapes, mathematical pursuits. As a general rule, my pieces are the battle for dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing current brain-dominating turbulence through abstract drawings.
I create the drawings either with dental tools scratching through hardened liquid enamel, graphite drawings on acid-etched enamel, or other methods of black line creation. Successive torch-firings render the drawings permanent, in addition to adding color layers.
Work is available through fine art/craft shows around the country.
Fiesta arts fair (San Antonio), Brookside (KC), State St. Area Art Fair (Ann Arbor), Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh), Cathedral of St John the Divine (NYC), Long’s Park (Lancaster), Cherry Creek (Denver), and various different shows to which I am accepted each year.
I am predominantly self-taught, as I am a CPA, and decided to become an artist about 12 years ago. I have taken a class here and there, but have largely experimented on my own.
Art Jewelry Today 3, Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist June 2009 & Novemeber 2012, Behind the Brooch (to be published during 2013), craftforms 2011, best of show—gallery north outdoor art show 2011, best of jewelry—atlanta dogwood festival 2011, The 28th Biennial Creative Crafts Council Exhibition, best in show for enamel, Niche Awards Finalist four times and currently a finalist at this time for metal-enameled category, “Radiance,” San Diego Enamel Guild, Dorothy Clardy Award for Excellence.