Woodworking and design is the lens through which I view the world around me and I love blurring the line between art and functional design in my work. While I'm primarily inspired by people and nature, anything can be a source for inspiration and my workshop is my personal creative sanctuary where I can be free to explore and experiment with shapes, structures, paints, stains, texture and anything else that springs from my imagination. Every piece, with the exception of a few (ie logos), begins with a hand drawn original design and all the finishes are hand blended stains, paints and designs.
In 1990, when I was in 7th grade, I discovered my love of the scroll saw in wood shop class and invented my first wall mounted jewelry display with the guidance of my teacher. It wasn't until decades later (post college and during a career in the financial industry) that I began woodworking again and assembled a workshop to start creating and selling my designs.
This is me in my home workshop standing next to my scroll saw, the anchor of my work.
The first thing I ever made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class was this elephant box stand. I keep this old project in my work shop to remind me of the spark that ignited my love of woodworking in 1990.
This photo shows the first jewelry display I made on a scroll saw in my 7th grade woodshop class. Although it was more function over form, my mom used it for almost 20 years!