Inherent in my work is this deep desire to communicate the... well, the nature of nature. What I mean is, I really what you to think "wow, did this beautiful piece actually grow out of the earth?" I've often said "Every Basket Begins with a Walk in the Woods" and it's really true, not only from a material acquisition standpoint but also an inspiration standpoint. I love seeing cones, nests, pods, leaves, branches and river rocks as they all interact in nature and supernaturally all that goes into my creative well. When I get back to the studio, my art is the natural result of a supernatural experience.
This latest work I'm doing with copper is very exciting for me because it feels like I'm creating pieces that are so closely intertwined with nature. I've developed a new leaf design - this fern stem - and I've started electroplating some actual organic material (electroplating is a jewelry technique for plating gold, silver, platinum, etc) with copper as well. Think about that... A literal pine cone, seed pod or leaf covered completely in copper. WOW! Right now, the options seem endless and I'm so happy to be moving down this creative path. I hope you enjoy seeing the results!