Live and work in Kansas City, MO., USA and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
My desire to create is continuously inspired by the essence of life which nature and botany are symbols and themes in my work. Natural beauty and function are my most important accomplishments in every piece I create. The curves and balance in my flatware for instance are equally influenced by how they should feel in the hands of the user and how well they fit the requirements of their use. An awareness of the function of an object is always taken into consideration at the inception of its design.
Since the breath of life, the flow of movement found in all growing things is so important as an expression through out my work, I fabricate my creations; using Old World techniques such as repousse and chasing, forging down of wire work and laboriously high polishing everything before it goes into the hands of my collectors. I use silver for its reflectiveness and apply techniques to catch light in a way to make my pieces appear to have breath or the essence of growing.
My style is strong and distinctive; highly detailed and illustrative. I am a self taught metalsmith; smithing in sterling silver and high karat gold since the early 70's. Along with smithing, I have continued the study of horticulture, which is repetitious in my work.
Copyright date: 1988
Medium: Sterling silver
Size: spoon 10.5"long x 3.5"wide face x 3" wide
server 11" long x 2.25" wide face x 5 long