Words on Silver
While painting is my first love, indeed my first language, I have always felt the desire to bring a greater sense of intimacy to my work to close the gap between art on the wall and the human observer. I have always craved the interaction of physically touching artwork, running fingertips along surfaces and cradling pieces in palms to better understand them. Through the great world of interwebular connections, I met a small handful of brilliant metal-smiths. As we spoke the language of art, I realized that this was the medium I had been searching for.
I fell in love with the idea of jewelry as small scale art pieces that individual people choose to place on their bodies. There is nothing more intimate than that contact on skin. When one chooses to adorn their self with a piece of jewelry, that jewelry can become a symbol, a reminder, a message - be it private or public. It can be a keeper of experience, the medium through which we layer on strength, history, joy and beauty.
I think about all this and more every time I sit down at the bench. I weave my prayers and highest intentions into every piece I create, and send them out into the world, scattering messages of truth, love and nature to the four corners of the earth. And that is why I love this medium.