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I grew up on a river in the lush south born of a rich Afro/Native American heritage with strong family roots. My life's history is full of inspiring and infamous people who all shaped who I am now by thier example and spirits. This blend of cultures again mixed with the modern american culture have manifested in me a natural desire for true independent expression in life.

I moved to NYC for 20 years to work as a model, audio engineering technical assisant, bartender extrodinaire and finally an independent metals studio artist. I earned a degree in Studio Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. The traditional foundation of that program gave me a knowledge of materials, production, studio skills and business management. I balanced that foundation with focused, atristically based…

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  • Joined June 6, 2007

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About


PROFILE
I grew up on a river in the lush south born of a rich Afro/Native American heritage with strong family roots. My life's history is full of inspiring and infamous people who all shaped who I am now by thier example and spirits. This blend of cultures again mixed with the modern american culture have manifested in me a natural desire for true independent expression in life.

I moved to NYC for 20 years to work as a model, audio engineering technical assisant, bartender extrodinaire and finally an independent metals studio artist. I earned a degree in Studio Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. The traditional foundation of that program gave me a knowledge of materials, production, studio skills and business management. I balanced that foundation with focused, atristically based technique/aesthetic workshops at top craft schools such as Penland School of Craft & Peter's Valley Craft Center with leading studio jewelry/metalsmithing artists. Having been originally self-taught in jewelry making I have always kept a strong sense of my design aesthetic and experimentation at the basis of my work.

I had until recently maintained a studio since 2001 in the DUMBO then Williamsburg arts districts of Brooklyn, NYC producing my lines as well as sub-contracting production from some of NYC's hottest young designers to it's oldest jewelry companies. All the varied experiences, skills gained, friends made and miles traveled have led me somewhere completely new and challenging at this stage in my career. I just pruchased and relocated my home and studio to a ghost town in the desert hill country of southern New Mexico. I live in an over100 year old adobe house with a 40' recyclyed cargo container for a studio. Rattlesnakes, Owls, Coyotes, many other artists and good people are now my new neighbors. There is a rich arts community and audience as well as the raw desert beauty and rustic lifstyle to inspire me. I will begin offering technique workshops in my studio and open a small metals focused gallery in the fall.

As I begin life in a new place I'm beginning to sell in a new venue, on-line, my personal website/store will be coming soon with lots of info & links regarding my work, historic home & community as well as upcoming workshops and gallery events.

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