My love of the outdoors led me to find a 15-ct. sapphire in western North Carolina in the 1980's and this led me to making jewelry. I studied Wire Wrap at Wild Acres, NC soon after. In the later 1980's I learned what I was taught is Hand-Sculptured Wire Jewelry from Peter Henry, Cincinnati, OH. I finally "stuck my big toe in the water" so to speak with silversmith work in Cache, OK about 1997. Moved to Midlothian, TX in 1998, studied some silver work with Sam Howath from Arlington Gem & Mineral Club. Had an accident that put me out of commission for a couple of years and now I'm back relearning & wanting to progress. Silversmith work is what I've had my heart set on doing. Prior to this I did sell a lot of my wire work to Loretta Lynn, her daughters, Art Institute of Chicago, other museums, got to set an emerald off the Nuestra de Atocha (from one of Mel Fischer's dives). I am of Comanche heritage, Cherokee enrolled. Support myself by presenting cultural progams (workshops, dance exhibitions, storytelling) beadwork (other cultural items) & jewelry. I am lucky & honored to be associated with Texas Commission on the Arts Artist & Travel Roster as a Performing Atist (besides being great people, helps me get work!)The crafts is what I've done for 16 yrs for a living & the programs for 8 yrs. I live with my 3 dogs (one is 122 lbs.!) and 4 cats, my furry kids. I paid 1/2 the money for a website and it never got finished. I'm hoping to get someone to remedy this in the very near future, hopefully in Feb. I use gifts from Mother Earth (stones, fossils, etc.) when I create jewlery. I believe everything is alive and hope that when people see my work they think of our Creator, who's given us so much beauty & who loves us and that we can relate to one another as brothers or sisters. When I dance to the drumbeat I'm dancing to the Heartbeat of Mother Earth and believe this helps heal her and us. Dance is a universal language of our hearts and unites our spirits. I love working with people through my jewelry art and dance.