For all their austerity, I find the deserts of the Western United States a beautiful wonderland of nature. The awesome uncluttered arid spaces are studded with some of the most beautiful flora on earth.
The colors range from muted earth tones to vibrant jewel like hues; and the desert at night sparkles like diamonds.
Art to me has always been an expression of colors and textures. I love Impressionist paintings. In 1997 I bought a lampworked bead from a glass artist and found a medium that allows me to bring the southwestern deserts to life in the form of art beads and ultimately jewelry.
My jewelry is all about color and texture found in the deserts of the southwest including those wonderful blooms. I add metals to the glass to get desert colors, and I incorporate hand fabricated metals that have been textured for tactile interest. Working with these materials and gaining inspiration from nature is very exciting. I like to put these elements together is a piece of jewelry that is somewhat abstract yet wearable.
I met Louise at Synergy 2 - let me say, her work just knocked me out and I consider our meeting one of the highlights of the conference. Welcome, gentle Louise, it is so good to have you on our team.