Born in Kansas City not long after both my parents graduated from KC Art Institute, I was exposed to art and design at an early age. It was this nurturing environment that enabled me to recognize my intuitive abilities and eventually express my creative proclivities. It was after a short stint as an apprentice with a silversmith that I became smitten with the medium and the sculptural possibilities of metal. Primarily self- taught my approach is straightforward, exploring forms and techniques, using only essential details in search of a simplicity that balances the idiosyncrasies of nature with the clean rhythms of Modernism.
As an American studio jeweler for 29 years my focus has evolved to include the importance of educating people to the importance of art in our lives. We have a responsibility to teach excellence regardless of medium or price.
photographs by Lesley Mckeown