I am a natural born collector. As a small child I gathered pebbles, shells, feathers, bits of glass or anything my young imagination could make into a relic from the distant past. At the same time, making things with our hands was simply something that we did in my family. I can’t imagine living my life any other way.

I remained fascinated by the natural world and the early cultures that lived so connected to it. I studied Art History and Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and over the years I have worked with various media. Metal smithing freed me to create my own pieces based on natural forms and ancient symbols, but my years working with other media still influence what I create.