"Artist" has been my identity for as long as I can remember. I was one of the lucky kids. In whom creativity was nourished rather than stomped out.
I've courted many artistic mediums in my life, and each has felt like the beginning of an intoxicating, yet comfortable relationship. In college I began a long-term romance with graphic design. As the art degree most unlikely to leave me bankrupt, it seemed a sensible choice and I was pleased with it. Nearing the end of my degree, a jewelry metalsmithing elective waltzed into my life - unfamiliar and blazing hot - and as flings like this usually do, it left me confused with so many...feelings.
I love jewelry as an artform for its multifunctionality. All at once jewelry can be a mode of self-expression, a creative statement by the artist, a memory trigger, a gesture of love, and a time-cherished heirloom.