Jewelry has always fascinated me. As a child I would covet time alone with my mothers jewelry box, hoping her sharp eyes would not see me as I stared spellbound at the glittering baubles, all paste and rhinestones I'm sure but non-the-less all hypnotizing. As I matured, my love of jewelry persisted. I could spend hours at a flea market, dollar store or thrift shop, unable to pull myself away from the enchanting allure of brooches, necklaces and earrings. In college I wore earrings fabricated from Barbi Doll accessories and small plastic dinosaurs and once I glued a tiny Gumby and Pokey to post earring bases and wore them until they fell apart. Since my college did not offer a metal arts degree, I focused on Illustration and photography which fell short in satisfying my art aesthetic. It wasn't until I moved to Texas that I found a class at Central Texas College offering classes in Art Metals. I had finally found my passion, a way to incorporate my biggest infatuation in life with my art. In my studio I experiment with soldering, cab setting, repousse, chasing and above all color symbiosis. Once I am inspired by a stone or focal to create a piece of jewelry, I search for ways to best compliment that focal by using any item in my inventory to showcase it. I spend hours contemplating proportion, occasion, color symbiosis, utilization and balance of design. Jewelry consistently amazes me at the direction that metal and stones can lead me, ever exploring, experimenting and creating. I am still fascinated by jewelry, as I get older, it is the one thing that still holds my attention and still leads me to untrodden paths. Sparkle can still enchant and mesmerize me, and if there's anything that I have learned over the years, it's that : All that glitters is not gold, in fact it may be rhodium, platinum, iridium, palladium or silver.