I have been an “art major” since kindergarten and was very fortunate to always have lots of opportunity and encouragement throughout my school years.
I began making and selling enameled metal jewelry in high school in the late 50s when I discovered a passion for color and the endless possibilities for fusing glass to copper. I continued my art studies at San Francisco State University and graduated with an MA degree in art, and then built my jewelry and photography businesses. I taught jewelry making, including enameling, at Monterey Peninsula Community College from 1986 to 2013. I am now officially retired from teaching and keep busy with making jewelry, beads, photography for myself and others, gardening, and enjoying life in beautiful Monterey.
About ten years ago, I fulfilled a long held dream to make glass beads using a torch. Beads are sold individually, in sets, or in finished jewelry. Like enameling on metal, it is all about the color and the magic of what the flame can bring to the mix.
Much of my work expresses my reverence for the beautiful ocean I have lived near all my life. I am inspired by the constantly changing colors, patterns and movement of the surface, as well as the life that teems below, and find glass to be the perfect medium for expressing this passion…. aqua is my favorite color.