Beach Combers Artwork
...inspired by the sea
I love to create. It is my relentless need to create that guides me through life. I find my inspiration in the processes and perfection of the natural world. There is so much amazing art in this world but to me it all pales to the unsurpassed talents of Mother Nature. I feel it to be an honor to take a gift from nature - a well-tumbled piece of beach glass, a twisted piece of driftwood, an interesting stone or an eye-catching agate and turn it into art that someone is proud to display.
I began my creative journey at a young age. Parallel to which I was developing a fascination with minerals, crystals and glass. Like a moth to a flame I have always been drawn to light through color. It is only now that as an adult living in this wonderful place that I am able to merge the two. From the moment I moved to the San Juan Islands I was instantly addicted to beach combing and collecting sea glass. Being from the Midwest it opened up new avenues of creativity and mediums to allow my pallet to evolve.
I strive for the imperfections that give hand-made work itsÃ¯Â¿Â½ character. I do not like the look of perfect jewelry; pieces that make you wonder if they were stamped out of a machine or made under unfair conditions. I use several different kinds of silver (fine, sterling, Tibetan, Argentium, etc.) and repurpose my scrap as often as I can. When I began making sea glass jewelry in 2006 all of my glass came from beaches of the San Juans. Years later, as sea glass is becoming rare, now I travel the world beach combing. I have collected sea glass from Italy, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Ireland, Scotland and England. Please read my travel blog if you are interested in my journeys.
I tell people that I am lucky, I consider myself to be a professional beach comber. It's tough work really, all that nature and fresh air! Does it get any better? Not for me.