I was born at Williams AFB near Phoenix, AZ. My mother and I lived in Florence, AZ near my father’s family while he was fighting the Korean War. Because I was born into a military family that moved frequently, I am privileged to have been exposed to many different cultures and societies. I enjoyed learning about each of the cultures I was exposed to, especially the arts and crafts of each.
When my father retired from the Army, we settled in Columbus, GA, a long way from my roots. I acquired a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Accounting from Jacksonville State University. I filled my spare time after work with quilting, sewing, crocheting, and sketching.
In 2008, my husband and I visited the Grand Canyon in my home state of Arizona. While there I was privileged to watch a Zuni couple working on a needlepoint bracelet, that experience was the start of my metalworking passion. When we returned to our Alabama home, I immediately started searching for school that taught the metal arts, with no luck. I did find a gentleman in Helena, AL who was willing to teach me how to use a jeweler’s saw, torch and the basics of soldering. From there I, searched the web looking for tutorials on metal and jewelry making. My first project was a sterling silver pendant with a large piece of turquoise and a lot of silver. A butane torch accomplished the soldering. I learned about the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, GA from a lapidary artist at a craft show, I immediately enrolled in a beginning silver class and have taken many classes since then. Aside from the training I have received from William Holland, I am mostly self-taught. Don’t tell me it can’t be done; I will attempt to do it anyway. And now that I am not tied to a “day job”, I have been able to expand on my passion and have started cutting and polishing my own stones.
I fabricate my designs from pure silver, sterling silver, copper and brass. I use natural stones such as turquoise, chrysocolla, agates, jaspers and any other natural stone that catches my eye. Because I have always loved the jewelry of my native Southwest and Mexico, most of my designs follow the style of my Native American heritage, but I am constantly trying new styles. Since my designs are one of a kind, no two are alike. My inspirations come from my natural surroundings and from the stones themselves.