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My metalwork has always been a vehicle for personal expression. In each piece I intend to strike a balance between formal and expressive concerns. My primary focus as a metalsmith is my interest in jewelry as a dimensional object. Each piece is meant to form an alliance with the human body, incorporating the human form, extending its shape and volume. The pieces are in proportion to the scale of the body, which is why they appear to be larger than traditional jewelry. The absence of color in the work is intentional so that the focus is on form, dimension, sensuality and detail. The viewer must then focus on the sculptural quality of the jewelry as it relates to the wearer. It is not my intention however, to give the impression that I am only interested in jewelry as adornment. My work is an exploration of form, intended to create a visually unique and personal experience. I have almost exclusively utilized the brooch as ornament, because it works as well on the body as it does in isolation. Whether the piece is exhibited on or off the body, it is meant to be a complete experience.

Beauty has always been an honored value in the crafts. My optimistic view of life originates from the fact that man is cable of creating and appreciating beauty and an aesthetic experience. The preciousness of that aesthetic experience relates as well to the preciousness of carefully considered materials, surfaces, colors and forms.

As an American growing up in the 60s, I was affected by the unraveling of conventions. The sixties was a turning point for the crafts. There was a break with tradition, a breakdown of the barriers between art and crafts. There was an open attitude towards experimentation and discovery; anything was possible, artists were limited only by their imaginations. I was also influenced by the prevalent attitude that the practice of craft was an effective means of self realization. Through creating, and manipulating materials, one could explore ones own nature.

I am interested in the psychology of wearing unconventional objects, and issues of identity and individuality. My work is motivated by an understanding of the importance of ornament as a vehicle for self expression. Throughout my career I have endeavored to search for new interpretations of ornament. This investigation began and was fostered in the 60's, and continues into the present. As we enter the twenty first century there is yet another break with tradition. Today's information age has changed the way people communicate, interact, and define community. We now have a changing paradigm for human interaction that presents new challenges. One of two paths can be taken. One can become nostalgic and turn to the past for answers and continuity; or one can embrace the present and the future, and try to speak to the issues of change. My challenge is to produce work that will respond to the need for self expression and individuality in an age of information technology.