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My artistry began back in the late '60s with bending up my Mom’s silverware into spoon rings & bracelets for perspective girlfriends. After turning a few fingers green and dashing my blissful dreams; I found myself in a Port Jefferson Long Island gallery oogling at a silver dragonfly pendant that I could little afford. The longing for that piece never left me.

After 4 years in the Air Force, a la jet engine mechanic, my life took a turn from the mechanical to the natural. When my obligation to Uncle Sam was fulfilled, I built a house off the grid and decided to enter SUNY school of Art to follow my dreams of creating beauty where there appears to be none. God knows we need more of that! After schooling my way through drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery and finally jewelry, I decided that jewelry was it. My creativity was best expressed through working with the stones and…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 21
  • Joined August 20, 2010

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Silver, Gold, Copper, Opal, Petersite, Chrysoprase, Diamonds, Exotic Woods, Lapis Lazuli, Jasper, Agate, Garnet

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My artistry began back in the late '60s with bending up my Mom’s silverware into spoon rings & bracelets for perspective girlfriends. After turning a few fingers green and dashing my blissful dreams; I found myself in a Port Jefferson Long Island gallery oogling at a silver dragonfly pendant that I could little afford. The longing for that piece never left me.

After 4 years in the Air Force, a la jet engine mechanic, my life took a turn from the mechanical to the natural. When my obligation to Uncle Sam was fulfilled, I built a house off the grid and decided to enter SUNY school of Art to follow my dreams of creating beauty where there appears to be none. God knows we need more of that! After schooling my way through drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery and finally jewelry, I decided that jewelry was it. My creativity was best expressed through working with the stones and transforming the precious metals.

In the late '80s, my companion and I began doing craft shows under the name “The Silver Dragonfly." In the '90s we opened an artist’s gallery in Plattsburgh, NY with the same name.

As all things change, by 2003 the partnership unglued and I set up shop in the Council on the Arts of Clinton County. In 2006 I began working on fine jewelry and doing repairs at Payson & Stoughton Jewelers of Plattsburgh, NY. I also started advertising my silver dragonflies through Adirondack Explorer, a not-for-profit publication dedicated to the preservation of the Adirondack Park. These partnerships have been very rewarding for me in many ways.

My passion, aside from my beautiful fiancé, is to create beauty where there appears to be none. So often in life we miss the most beautiful things right in front of our eyes. Were it not for the artist, the teacher or the challenge, we might not stop and really see the things which bring peace and joy into our lives. I see a whimsical face in a beach pebble. A dragonfly lands on a woman’s hat. I see a moon rising in the shapes inside a piece of stone. I would like to share that wonder. I derive a feeling of worth when I’ve created, with these hands, a piece of jewelry that becomes someone’s special and cherished gift.

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