I’m a lifelong resident and lover of the beautiful state of Michigan. I integrate the natural elements into my nature inspired pieces. I’ve been creating jewelry and metal pieces since 2006 after taking courses at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Jewelry program. I use metalworking and wire wrapping techniques in my work. Nearly 100% of the components I use in my pieces are handmade. I incorporate natural materials into my jewelry and metalwork such as beach glass, Petoskey stones, Charlevoix stones (favosite coral), beach stones, gemstones, sterling silver and copper. Many of the beach stones I use in my work are found by myself on the Great Lakes shores. My stones are hand polished to produce a more natural look.
My work is inspired by the depth of experience that is found when studying the natural world. The stones, the copper, the sterling silver all come from the earth. The earth is where we all return to. The fossils contained within the stones allow me to see myself in stark contrast to what has been in the past and I allow that energy to be put back out into the world to inspire what is next to be. You’ll often here me say, “The stones are singing.” They certainly have a lot to tell if only we open to receive it. Being out in the natural beauty of this Great Lakes State continues to inspire me to create pieces that allow this reflection and inspiration.
This is one of my favorite poems. It is written by Margaret Menamin and stands to this day as the official prayer of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
God give me stillness, give me time to stand
Unpressed by creeds and credits, undefiled
By dust of industry, and be a child
Reminded of my oneness with the land.
Let me stop running and be reconciled
To feel my feet send roots into the sand;
Let me put forth fresh blossoms from my hand.
Let me not lose my kinship with the wild.
And if I call this mine, remind me, God,
That it is only as my blood and bone
Are mine; not mine to waste, not mine to own,
But mine to be. I am the goldenrod,
The grain, the granite; I am stream and glen.
Remind me to preserve myself. Amen