"When I was fifteen, I learned to weld and forge steel and copper sculpture. I discovered the joy of creating art with metal, and the satisfaction of creating something inherently beautiful. As I continued to explore forging techniques, I learned to forge sterling silver and how to create basic stone settings. With my first look at a tray full of unset gemstones, I turned a corner in my artistic endeavors and never looked back. I have found that there is a near infinite variety of natural materials that complement my sense of design and artistic beauty, and I am endeavoring to try them all. I am inspired by the medium of metal. The way this tough material can be forged, folded, and sculpted into art is nothing short of amazing in my eyes. My methods of expression are influenced primarily by natural forms and the balance of line and space. I am currently focused on creating unique art jewelry using mokume gane, reticulation and surface textures to emphasize form and movement."