I can’t say I was born an artist…as a young teenager in West Texas, driving in a 1960 Ford pickup truck down a windy two lane rutted road towards the river, I looked at the couple I was with, they were rancher, cowboy, artist, hippies, and she was just beautiful…I realized then…I really wanted to be just like…”These People”… live a life that allowed me a much greater level of freedom and expression…one, that the life I’d grown up in…didn’t…I wanted to not know what was around the next bend in the road…all of the time
I knew early in my life I was going to make jewelry…that was the beginning of the fatalistic struggle…I have been a jeweler for 30 plus years….All of my jewelry is reclaimed, made from discarded, depleted items like silver plated serving trays, broken Asian, European and American Vintage ceramics, bowling balls, concrete and a variety of other objets. I love the out of context thinking recycled jewelry portrays. Here is a link to my SHOP
Painting was something I was always intrigued with…there was an emotional response that certain paintings drew from me…especially the Abstract Expressionist work…yet the thought of actually painting was intimidating and daunting…Painting was the meat…the thing that made much more sense…so I returned to school at 45 years old…received a BFA in Fine Art….that was by far the best thing I’ve done in my life…it gave me the tool box…the introductions and the key to every door I wanted to open….You can see some of my paintings HERE
To me there is a level of purity in producing art…something that can only be generated by one’s soul….a passion that is dangerous beyond words…..as it is intoxicating…as it is rewarding….as it is a lover…and is as essential for me as breath….
So…what do I do with this?
I Live summers in Northern California, (Sonoma County) attend some really Great Farmers Markets throughout the Bay Area, sell my jewelry and live the life of an adventurer the rest of the year. Write, camp, travel, and enjoy every moment of it…I am based out of Santa Fe New Mexico.