Artist bio: Jane-Allen McKinney, Associate Professor, M.F.A., M.A., B.A.
Abstractions in my jewelry are intended to spark the viewer’s imagination by suggesting imagery but leaving room for interpretation. The level of abstraction opens the door for the discovery and participation of the audience as they engage in defining the imagery that fits their individual experiences.
Hand engraving emphasizes wings joined with the human figure, birds, dancers, and animals. I create jewelry with repousse’ and casting methods that are often utilized to present these forms with pearls, precious and semi-precious stones. Headsets are in gold to give contrast, warmth, and the allure of this precious and historical metal.
Collections: Oprah Winfrey, the Hermitage Museum, Wilma Rudolph, Barbara Mandrel, former USA Vice President AL Gore’s mother, Pauline, Gene Autry Museum, Sherith Temple Israel, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, Country Music Hall of Fame