I am a bead and lapidary artist working in bead, stone, and metal. I have been creating jewelry for many years, and I love experimenting with new techniques, combining techniques, and creating my own designs. For me, jewelry is about creating something from nothing – a pile of beads or a slab of stone – and I love to make something that is totally different and unique from anything you can buy in a store. As you’ll see as you browse my work, all my designs incorporate the use of color, even when I work with sterling silver or PMC. Colors can be dark or light, bright or subtle, but there will always be color in my work. In fact, I started beading so that I could make jewelry to match my outfits! As you’ll see, I took matching outfits to a whole new level when I created bracelet patterns to match my scarves! Most of the techniques I enjoy I learned from books and experimentation. I’ve also taken some classes, but most of my learning came from late nights in my studio reading and practicing! So, I encourage you to get a book and try something new.