I’ve been making things for as long as I can remember. Jewelry, clothes, art, music, paintings-- I never wanted to be anything other than an artist. I inherited the art & commerce genes from my parents. I grew up in central Florida. Throughout my childhood, my father was an entrepreneur and traveled through Europe much of the time. To keep the family close, we had a home in the south of France. My mother was an adventurer, and every morning she would put her kids in the car, point to a spot on the map, and off we would go. She was always interested in art and artists, and we’d often find ourselves in little villages meeting artists in their studios, hearing their stories and learning about their lives and work. My parents were art collectors, and years later my mother would open an art gallery in Florida where she championed regional contemporary artists along side many internationally recognized names. Two of our neighbors in France were instrumental in encouraging my mom to open a gallery. David Douglas Duncan, the great documentary photographer who chronicled the life of Pablo Picasso, and the art dealer Leo Castelli. As an aside – Duncan and my mother also share a great love of dogs, another gene she passed onto me. The messages I took away from meeting all of these creative people were the importance of being curious, and that it was possible to make a fulfilling and prosperous life as an artist. This is a good thing, because I am not cut out to be an accountant!
There was never a time in my life when I wasn’t in contact with art. In college, I studied art history. Soon after graduating, I moved to New York and became immersed in music and theater. All of this time, I made jewelry as a hobby. Jewelry was always a big love. I was and continue to be an admirer of mid-century studio artists like Art Smith, and am a big fan of Mary Lee Hu and William Harper, two jewelry artists who have pushed the boundaries of artistic expression through jewelry.
I began to think that my jewelry hobby could become a career while working at Harper’s Bazaar magazine in the mid 90’s. I was fortunate to spend five years as the assistant to the renowned late editor-in-chief, Liz Tilberis. My years at Bazaar provided me with an unparalleled education in the business of fashion, publishing, PR, and marketing. I don’t think I would have had the kind of success I had out of the gate without that experience.
It was also during this time that I began formal metalsmith training at New York’s Jewelry Arts Institute. At the time, it was located on NY's Upper West Side, and it became a second home to me. It is where I produced my first jewelry collection, using their benches as my studio before I could afford a studio of my own. They let me bring my dog and I parked myself there for hours every day making jewelry.
I set out to make the kind of jewelry I want to wear, and this remains true to this day. My jewelry transcends trends. I think of my work as timeless, collectible luxury. I'm very minimal in my approach - I don't like a lot of fuss or ornamentation. I like to let the stones dictate what a piece will be. My customers become collectors and my hope is they will love wearing their jewels and one day pass them on to the next generation of jewelry lovers.