In common with most artists I find my inspiration in nature. Mine is more of a biological interest, perhaps as a result of my great teachers in the subject at school. I am drawn to dissect and explore the minuscule details and interpret the tiny jewel-like marvels found within through my craft. Sometimes this might be a literal narrative searching for the impossible arrangement of a perfect form, at other times an exploring of detailed repetitions found there leads to more of a desire to convey a feeling or make an impact without the literal realism.
I am searching, always, to capture an emotional response, to delight or provoke and to connect us with the natural world, ground us in our reality and ignite a new appreciation of the wonders of our incredible planet. It makes sense to me to use others of natures gifts to do this, gems and metals seem made to express something more than they are.
I am happy to work in precious and non precious metals, within each of their limitations there is also opportunity for expression in other ways. Equally I am happy to enjoy the bounty of laboratory grown stones, in the enlightened time of caring for the planet I count it all useful, in its place, as yet another artistic medium to create with. There is always a place for the value of materials to speak for a piece, I am, personally, very interested in creating with materials for their usefulness as a design medium, whatever the monetary value.