My small nature-based sculptures are made to be worn. When I see a heron fly, a squirrel standing upright on my doorstep, or a tiger at a zoo, I am amazed by their grace, agility and strength. I try to capture the essence of each living being in metal. The images are sculpted directly into precious metal using an ancient technique called repoussé. This process allows my personality to be embedded into the sculpture. The metal forms are then combined with minerals, crystals and precious stones to create an environment for the particular life form I have sculpted. Stones have become extremely important in my work over the years. The color, pattern, surfaces, and textures of each stone complete the statement in each of my sculptures. I hunt down rocks and crystals to find the perfect thing that will precisely fit a particular piece. I studied lapidary—the art of stonecutting—so I could achieve this, allowing for total integration into my designs, thus achieving a greater harmony among the components of my pieces. My small sculptures are a balance of imagery, materials, color and form.