Artist's Bio

As a native of Wyoming, my work is a direct reflection of Wyoming’s western heritage and our state’s natural beauty. Through the use of metal, stones and other natural materials, I am able to express my own connection to and appreciation of this heritage and beauty.

Growing up on a farm, I spent most of my time outdoors. Raised primarily by my grandparents, I was always encouraged to try anything.  I learned how to work with my hands to make “pretty” objects from found items, how to sew and design my own clothes, how to build and repair, how to plant and harvest, how to hunt and fish.   I was an avid “rock hound”, finding meaning, companionship and solace in stones. Several years ago, when I attended my first metal working class at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, it was a revelation. Metal met stone and I discovered an entire world therein.

I want my work to reveal the inherent nature of the materials used and to allow the viewer/wearer to see these materials in a personal and different way.