Biography

Artist Statement

Through gold and silver my work recreates forms of nature and life in a simplistic manner with the ancient techniques of repoussé and chasing. Precious and semi-precious stones are an adjunct to these forms. In addition, they are colorful, architectural works in miniature. The bridge between technology and aesthetics is challenging today as it is the right combination of art and research that sensitizes the universe. We need each other. Each piece is, therefore, designed to compliment the gems and metal into a unique one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Because metal is so ductile I have the freedom of pushing, tooling, raising and forming the metal into a piece that pleases others as well as myself in a uncluttered fashion.


Exhibitions & Awards

  • Invitational Fall Show – Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Edgewood Orchard – Door County, Wisconsin
  • Henna K Gallery – Brookline, New York
  • Atypic Gallery – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Sutton Gallery, New York City
  • Traveling Invitational – Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center
  • Sterling Silver Invitational Traveling Exhibition, Wisconsin
  • Unique Craft Gallery Invitational Show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Theme Show – Mount Mary College, Wisconsin Designer Craftsmen Award Winner
  • University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Performing Arts Center Invitational, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Juried, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Lake Front Festival of Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Award Winner
  • Midwest Craft Fair, Chicago, Illinois. Award Winner
  • Cudahy Gallery, Evanston, Illinois
  • Active American Artists Fair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Best of Show”
  • Central Pennsylvania Festival of Arts. “Honorable Mention”
  • Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Michigan
  • Invitational Summer Show – Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
  • Aaron Faber Gallery, New York City
  • Sterling Guild of America, New York City

Education

CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, 1979

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MILWAUKEE
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ART, 1974
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, 1969

DOMINICAN COLLEGE, Racine, WI
BACHELOR OF EDUCATION, 1964

Academic Employment

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE 1996 to Present
INSTRUCTOR undergraduate – Jewelry And Metal Techniques

MILWAUKEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 1988 to 1996
ART SPECIALIST

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MILWAUKEE 1980 to 1986 INSTRUCTOR graduate/undergraduate – Metal, Art Education & Education

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – PARKSIDE, Kenosha, WI 1980 to 1984 INSTRUCTOR – Metal

CENTER FOR CREATIVE STUDIES, COLLEGE OF ARTS & DESIGN, Detroit, MI 1979
INSTRUCTOR – Metal and Jewelry.

Scholarships & Travel

  • MICHIGAN SCHOLARSHIP for academic pursuit
  • Winter. Travel Grant from Cranbrook Academy of Art to study metal smithing in London
  • Cranbrook Scholarship
  • Summer. Museum and studio tour of France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and England
  • Women’s League Scholarship for academic pursuit

Publications

  • Lapidary Journal – February, 1999
  • Art Jewelry – March, 2005