Maybe because I was surrounded by jewelry all my life I wanted to follow another path. I attended dog training school and became the youngest master trainer ever licensed. After several years of training dogs I wanted to go another direction and my mother’s words came back to me. “No matter what happens you can always come back to jewelry. Jewelry will always be around.”
I returned home and my mother and brother re-taught me the basics. Cutting, stamping, soldering, and hammering. The process was slow but I had a talent for the work. By the time I had relearned the skills I was beginning to come up with my own designs. The inspirations for my designs come from many different sources which I then merge into unique pieces. My skills at both design and fabrication have grown with each year since I have become a silversmith. My work can now be seen in galleries in Aspen, Taos, Santa Fe, Tucson, Sedona, Houston and Los Angeles. I am in several prestigious Museum shows including The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, The Autry, Arizona State Museum, Pueblo Grande and the Eiteljorg Museum.
I like to try and challenge the public with the work I do. I want my customers to always find something new in my work and by doing so find something new in themselves.