I am amazed by the complexity and beauty of the natural world. My on-going series of work is focused on the origins of life on earth, evolution and the carbon cycle. As a jeweler and metalsmith, I am fascinated with materials and processes. I am inspired by new scientific discoveries and technologies that are changing what we know and how we view life on earth. A walk in the woods is a pleasure and a mystery. In an effort to make sense of the complexity and chaos of the natural world, I create objects that are a distilled, metaphoric expression of an observation and idea. I don't fully understand a tree's photosynthesis, but I can observe the tree, read about the processes and visualize the various elements coming together to tell a story in a tangible object, such as a vase or a necklace. This process of integrating knowledge and observation with making an object keeps me looking, keeps me thinking and keeps me happy.