Welcome! I've been an artist since childhood, and work primarily in metal, but a love for collage and assemblage filters through. I have a BA in Studio Arts from UNC Wilmington, primarily in painting and printmaking. Then late in life I took classes at Arrowmont with Lucinda Brogden and then later Keith LoBue in jewelry making. I was hooked! I went back to college at 38 and earned an Master’s in Fine Art in Metal Design from East Carolina University. In my 3 years there I focused on jewelry, small metal cups, and enamel metal bowls. I went on to teach at art retreats and workshops all over the US meeting ALL kinds of fabulous people. I also wrote a book for beginners called Jewelry Lab. Over the years I’ve taught at community colleges, briefly at BCC here in my area, and for 14 years at Cape Fear Community College.
My work can be found here, at in person, nearby markets and craft shows, and on Instagram.
I live in south eastern NC, not far from the beach where with my partner Robert, owner and operator of Watersmith Kayaking. Yet my heart yearns for the mountains of North Carolina, where my daughter lives.
My work has also been published in my own book "Jewelry Lab; 52 Experiments, Investigations and Explorations in Metal", Somerset Studio Magazine, “Crafting Personal Shrines” by Carol Owen, “The Fine Art of Enameling” by Linda Darty, “Making Connections” by Susan Lenart Kazmer, “Collage Lab: Experiments, Investigations and Exploratory Projects” by Bee Shay and “500 Enameled Objects” by Lark Books.