Growing up in rural areas, where the pace of life was slow, gave me ample opportunities to explore the beauty in nature. Not only grand, sweeping landscapes, but the small intricate details. The intense sparkle of frost; the curling elegance of a vine; the diamond hidden in a dewdrop; the wondrous variety of stones! I examined all these in quiet captivation as a child. The pace of life is a bit faster now, but I continue to treasure calm moments to contemplate the beauty of the world around me. Making jewelry allows me to magnify and share those observations. The sparkle or depth of a gemstone, set in the bold and intricate curves of metal.I’d like my pieces to help the wearer express some part of their inner world; a strength and grace that runs deep, through both life’s chaos and its calm.