About

My art is an expression of gratitude to the ocean and my way of giving it a voice. Each individually designed piece is fabricated by hand with recycled metal.

CONSERVATION AND OBSERVATION
I love the sea and understand the desire for mementos and jewelry which evoke vivid memories of beautiful scenes and experiences. I have witnessed the fragility of marine ecosystems while SCUBA diving. My designs evoke the marvels of marine life and my underwater memories while leaving sea creatures and the seaside untouched.

Each piece of art jewelry is unique.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

ZFolio ZFolio Gallery on Cannery Row

Winter Abundance

Winter Abundance is an Exhibition and Sale of Jewelry and Small Sculpture by artists of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild. The show will run from December 1, 2017 – January 3, 2018. The reception is free & open to the public on December 3, 2017; come meet the artists and hear about their latest …

New Designs

Radiolarian DMO Series

My Radiolarian Design Modified Organism (DMO) series was inspired by “Art Forms in Nature” an 1862 publication of hundreds of microscopic sea creatures drawn by Ernst Haeckel during a visit to the Straight of Messina. One illustration sat on my workbench for years as I considered how to bring his drawings to life in metal. I wanted to use an ecologically friendly method that also spoke to the microscopic deep sea creature’s environment…. [Scroll down to continue reading]

The breakthrough came while researching electrolytic etching with cupric nitrate and distilled water. The method results in re-usable silver sludge and a re-invigorated eco-friendly etching solution that will last indefinitely. I relied on my engineering background to design and set up an electrolytic etching system to “breakthrough etch” all the way through silver sheet for tiny and large features simultaneously. Experiments with solution density, voltage, current, time, and positioning validated a path to achieve the tricky results.

How and why the sea has changed since Haeckel documented radiolarians in 1862 was important for me to voice in the pieces. Humans deconstruct nature to figure it out. Corporations rebuild nature as genetically modified organisms. Plastics and other contaminants in our oceans lead to more genetic modification. My radiolarian designs are modifications of the organisms deconstructed into flat layers of recycled sterling silver. Reconstructed with industrially produced stainless steel screws and nuts, each radiolaria is a wearable portrayal of a story within our oceans.

Awards & Recognition

Finalist in the Silver Category of the 2007 Saul Bell International Design Award Competition for “Modern Frills” pendant / brooch

Second place winner in 2016 ENDANGERED: Art for Apes juried exhibition wearable art category for “Collosphaera Huxleyi, Müller, DMO Trio Red” pendant / brooch