As I go about my daily activities, I often pause to take notice of the details found within the natural environment. The expressive curve of a tree branch, the texture of a rock, or the numerous colors found while walking through the woods. I ﬁnd the natural environment to be an endless source of inspiration. While I draw my inspiration from nature, my intention is never to imitate it. As my hands sculpt the wire, I am able to not only create a form that houses the gemstones, but I feel connected with nature in an artistic way.
I have been creating things in one form or another as far back as I can remember. My childhood years were spent playing with cardboard boxes, power tools, discarded items and generally having endless fun with a box of scrap wood and a hammer. After earning my degree in Architecture, I was able to delve into the real world of the built environment. My career began in the ﬁeld of architectural historic preservation, and I was part of a team that wrote design guidelines for historic districts across the country. Fast forward a few years to a major career change, followed by starting a family and raising two great kids, and I found myself again looking for that creative outlet that feeds my spirit. Through the years I pursued a broad range of artistic mediums but was never able to ﬁnd the one that suited me. What started as a simple wire tree to hang my earrings spurred a drive to create more elaborate trees. At last, I had stumbled upon the medium that I had been searching for.
The process of creating a new tree always begins with the gemstones. Once the stones have been selected, I begin the process of preparing the copper wire. The wire I use is salvaged from buildings, and I put it through a multi-step cleaning process to remove any residue and prepare it for use. It is gratifying to use recycled material and turn what was discarded into something beautiful.