As a kid, I grew up in Scottsdale and was surrounded by Hopi and Navajo jewelry. I remember the innovative Hopi jewelry of Charles Loloma and how he used unusual stones and designs, different than the traditional stuff.
As a young adult I took some lessons from an Aztec jeweler who was inspirational, but because I became a school teacher, I didn’t get back to jewelry for another 30 or so years. At that time I took some classes at Yavapai College with local jewelers Chelsea Stone and Bill Ford. I also spent some time at the Revere Academy of Jewelry in San Francisco.
I like using a large variety of natural stones from around the world and seeing if I can come up with designs that help to enhance the unique beauty of each stone.