I am amazed by the complexity and beauty of the natural world. My ongoing 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. 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 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.