|Architecture is a constant source of inspiration for my work. My choices gravitate to contemporary architecture, but I also am drawn to create a contemporary interpretation of ancient buildings. Because my aesthetic is abstract, the source for my work is not always apparent to the viewer. The inherent volume of buildings, often especially interesting in contemporary structures, presses me to focus on this design element. While traditional buildings aim to hide the bones of a building, contemporary construction often highlights these fundamental characteristics, a feature I especially appreciate.
In the brooch you see at left, the Roman Pantheon dome inspired the design. The materials used are sterling silver and 22k gold.
Another source of inspiration for my work are birds, specifically eagles and crows. You will not see a concrete influence of these creatures in my jewelry – instead, they serve as a symbolic source of energy. Eagles and crows are creatures of the “middle space” – they carry energy between the heavens and earth. Jatayu, an eagle from the Ramayana, an east Indian spiritual text, has influenced and sustained me throughout my career in jewelry making. Crows symbolically deliver magic from the other worlds to earth, and to both eagles and crows I am forever grateful.
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