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Each of us has our story: a quirky blend of brightness and shadow, comedy and tragedy, joy and pain. We all struggle, we all hurt, we all laugh…we are all human, on this earth together. I hope for my pieces to resonate with the spirit of life, becoming totems to the wearer...becoming part of who they are and part of their story. I want my work to reconnect each of us with our deepest selves, to help heal the rift that so often occurs first in our hearts, then between us. I believe that only by searching out our own human truth can we begin to see the real beauty in humanity and the world. I create, hoping to capture how each person is flawed, yet completely beautiful.

I grew up in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico, amidst the confluence of three different cultures. My subjects come from a deep well of images from my past, as well as ideas and stories collected from my travels…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 19
  • Joined July 29, 2008

Favorite materials

Metal, Gold, Silver, Unusual gemstones, Leather

About

Each of us has our story: a quirky blend of brightness and shadow, comedy and tragedy, joy and pain. We all struggle, we all hurt, we all laugh…we are all human, on this earth together. I hope for my pieces to resonate with the spirit of life, becoming totems to the wearer...becoming part of who they are and part of their story. I want my work to reconnect each of us with our deepest selves, to help heal the rift that so often occurs first in our hearts, then between us. I believe that only by searching out our own human truth can we begin to see the real beauty in humanity and the world. I create, hoping to capture how each person is flawed, yet completely beautiful.

I grew up in the Rio Grande valley of New Mexico, amidst the confluence of three different cultures. My subjects come from a deep well of images from my past, as well as ideas and stories collected from my travels around the globe.

When I create, I use high-karat gold, silver, and rare or unusually-cut gemstones. I think of myself as a sculptor and storyteller, using metals to tell the stories I see. I form my pieces in wax and cast them, or use silver or gold metal clay. I choose my technique depending on the finished look I'm after. Wax allows me more precision; metal clay allows me more spontaneity. I then apply traditional metal fabrication techniques to finish each piece. I like nothing perfectly precise: the work is organic, hand-formed, ancient-looking. I want it to reflect the natural world, and the drama of being human. Beauty is in the imperfection.

I hold a Master of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and English, from New Mexico State University. I now live in the lovely, green Pacific Northwest with my husband and son. I am self-taught as an artist.

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