I have loved space and science fiction as long as I can remember — astronomical photographs of vivid nebulas and an endless sea of glimmering stars have always been a delight and a comfort for me. SF tales of shiny rockets and squids in space have always ticked my fancy. When I stopped being a professional photographer, I turned more and more to making my own visions, both beautiful and whimsical, of the beauty of the universe.
Each piece of jewelry is unique – a tiny wearable painting – created in a free-flowing organic process consisting of sitting at a rather messy painting table, spending a few minutes perusing NASA’s photo galleries, particular the Astronomy Photograph of the Day blog, and letting that inspiration drive what colors and materials I reach for that day.
The main process I use is called “reverse painting” — painting on backside of glass, so the top layer of the painting that you see is the one that goes on first. While this process is unforgiving of mistakes, and can be unpredictable, the depth it gives the pieces is worth it. I also paint on metal, which adds its own brilliance.
For my not-wearable art, I primarily work in digital collage or encaustic.
I am based in the Seattle area, but my work can also be seen at science fiction and fantasy fan conventions all over the country.