As a Metalsmith - Jeweler, I integrate compositions of dissected imagery from plant life, the human form and natural surroundings into my designs. These images emerge from the metal through line, form, repeated elements, texture and color to create hand-formed sculptural pieces... Bridging together my background in Jewelry and Sculpture, I work with non-ferrous metals which I manipulate by using the processes of casting, chasing, sinking, raising, and shell-forming. Using the flame of the torch, chemical solutions and/or colored pencil I intensify the depth of color while the texture, polish or wax finish interplay with the light and shadow of each piece to achieve the desired outcome... While I sketch, hammer, chase and form, I experiment with the plasticity of the metal and explore recognizable elements that can evolve abstractly into a finished piece. You the viewer may then envision the familiar or the unexpected within my work.