Crafted in precious metals, the jewelry I make is designed to evoke a feeling of movement and a sense of balance without symmetry. I draw my inspiration from nature – especially the flow of water over stones – and from forms found in the ancient world. My background as a fine arts painter informs both my sense of composition and my use of negative space. The work is cast, hand-forged, and fabricated, and I often use all three processes in a single piece. I like light and color, incorporating high-quality gemstones and more than one metal or color of gold in many of my pieces. I begin the process by creating sketches and carving wax models for the different parts of each piece. These models are cast using the lost-wax technique. The many parts are then fused and soldered together using a torch. Stones are usually bezel or flush-set, and surface textures are often added using a fine hammer, a sandblaster, various burrs, and other hand tools.