Nature is the basis of all that I create. Images that live, whether it is a bird, beast, fish, bug or flower are a major part of my work. This is just one component of each piece. There is a story that is told or an environment based around each living thing. This is done with the use of stones and sculpted, textured metal.
The imagery itself is generally done by sculpting it directly into metal, in relief form, with a very old process called repoussage. I have made or reshaped over 100 tools to do this. The technique itself leaves the metal with a wonder subtle surface that is full of little marks that have been hammered into it.
To develop that effect, I cut the larger stones so that I can freely design and fit the stone to the content of the piece. The color, hue and intensity, pattern in the stone, the surface, and the shape are important to the overall expression. Faceted stones are used to accentuate the feeling and to add, a different color, surface, and excitement.
The pieces are fabricated so there is a balance between elements and a harmony with the forms and color,
Each of these are made so that they can be worn and in many cases they are a grouping of 2 that can be enjoy as a together or alone.
Denver School of Jewelry Arts
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