Chester Springs, PA
I hold a Master’s degree from the University of the Arts and have been teaching art and design courses at the community college level for 10 years. I am an oil painter practicing in the color realism method first taught by Charles Hawthorne and his successor, Henry Hensche. I paint primarily landscape (en plein air), still life, and portrait subject matter.
In my jewelry design, I am most influenced by the forces of nature, color, and light. I also like the technical challenges of creating a mechanical piece of jewelry (how things â€œfitâ€ together and work). Iâ€™ve always had a keen interest in the creative process. Currently, Iâ€™ve been exploring the ancient craft and skill of the CloisonnÃ©/Champleve technique. Many hours are devoted in creating each unique piece as thin, transparent layers of enamel are fired onto fine silver with imbedded cloisonne wires. Conversely, I also enjoy a more free style approach of immersing the metal directly into the enamel color. This creates an organic, natural, and oftentimes unexpected â€œhappy accidentsâ€ on the surface of the piece. The immersion technique involves heating the metal until it glows red and â€œdippingâ€ it directly into the enamel colors. Beautiful things happen when colors are layered and over-fired! I use either a torch or kiln-fired approach based on the enameling method and design.