I crossed over the bridge from painting on canvas and encaustic substrates to painting art on jewelry really as a curious experiment to see if I could make some interesting earrings for myself. I soon discovered how fascinating it was to watch the specialized paints blend and change the way they interacted as they cured. A couple pairs of earrings for myself quickly turned into many. It wasn't long afterward that friends and family members, and even strangers off of the street, began to ask if I sold my jewelry. The rest is history, as they say.
I love working in an array of metals, wood, and natural stone. When we travel I look for resources that might avail some very special, one of a kind supplies for my jewelry. I'm also always seeking out extraordinarily beautiful vistas, which I try to capture in my color palettes for both my small and large scale artwork. I take a lot of magnified photos of nature and textures, so I can go back later and study the intricacies of each one as a reference point for a future design. Each piece I paint is a true labor of love. The paint I use works in such a way that each form and blend is absolutely unique, with a pattern that can't be duplicated exactly. Because each piece of jewelry takes 1-2 weeks to fully cure before I can begin to craft the rest of it, please allow at least two and a half weeks for any customized piece(s) to be finished.
Please note that the back of each piece of painted jewelry that's etched may age, darken, or patina naturally. This is normal. Also, if you're purchasing more than one pair of earrings at a time online, send me a note with your order and I'll get back to you about combined shipping information.