A Philadelphia native, I moved to San Francisco in 1995 and had many jobs - lifeguard, accountant, muralist, bartender - before discovering a passion for metalsmithing. The Bay Area landscape provides constant inspiration. It’s where ultra-modern meets old Victorian and both are enveloped in wild natural beauty... it’s the perfect intersection of the man-made and natural worlds, and nature always seems to have the edge. If you walk along the coast you can see ruins of old public bathhouses overgrown with scrub or view the Golden Gate Bridge peeking through cypress trees growing sideways from the wind. I’ve watched a hawk snatch a gopher from the ground amidst barbecue pits and bouncy-house kid’s parties on a Sunday afternoon in the park... These things are a constant reminder that civilization is tenuous and fragile - we can never control nature, and we can only thrive when living in accordance with it’s principles. Juxtaposing earthy textures with clean lines I make jewelry that reflects the spirit of this environment-it’s urban and organic, edgy yet sophisticated. Each piece is crafted for everyday wear using recycled precious metals and ethically sourced stones. I studied classical goldsmithing at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts where I’ve been teaching since
2011 and I support Made by Survivors, an NGO that rescues, educates, and employs survivors of human trafficking and slavery.
When not in the studio I love hiking, camping, seeing live music and enjoying the bounty of the beautiful place I call home.