Much of my design inspiration comes from metal sculpture of the 60's and 70's, the art that surrounded me while growing up in New York. My father was a prolific art critic, curator and museum director. My mother ran several galleries, one of which was Sonnabend's Sculpture to Wear at the Plaza Hotel. They showed jewelry by world renowned artists like Man Ray, Calder and Arp, as well as emerging artists. I was dazzled. While I had always drawn and painted, I had done one jewelry class at school, which had given me an idea of how to work with silver. But it took another 30 years, after a career in the performing arts, and teaching and raising a kid, to return to metal smithing, this time with a vengeance.
As my work with metal evolves, I have discovered a love for lapidary as well, which is incorporated into some of my one of a kind pieces. I am a member of the Culver City Rock and Mineral Club and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California.
This fall some of my early performance work will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of a group show, Club 57: Film, Performance and Art in the East Village 1978-1983. Look for some of my current jewelry pieces in the gift shop!