"A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases, it will never pass into nothingness, but still will keep." John Keats (1795-1821)
For over 35 years I have enjoyed creating beauty as a metalsmith.
As a young man I studied different disciplines in the arts. I received my metalsmith training in Germany, where I also met my wife of 40 years who keeps me grounded.
My work comes from the need to give shape to my thoughts. The techniques used in the hand shaping of metal and the way the elements respond to each other give inspiration to the design process. Many of my designs are reminiscent of Art Deco, using clean, strong lines built into geometric shapes.
The materials used in creating my jewelry are: 14K gold, silver, copper, precious and semi-precious stones. I contrast these with distressed metals such as Shibu-ichi, Shakudo, reticulated silver, heat scarred copper, or the soft glow of Mother-of-Pearl to create greater textural interest and visual intensity.
Recently, I have rediscovered my passion for raising, chasing and repousse work, resulting in my new copper reliefs.