About the Artist

I started designing and creating jewelry some time ago, and I've always loved the idea of combining stones, silver, and gold into wearable art. 


I try to take a minimalist approach to my designs and as much as possible to center each piece around the stones or the engraving pattern I'm working with. The metals I use are intended to capture and hold the stone structurally while adding an appropriate amount of visual appeal.  I work hard to make certain that the metal work never overwhelms or overshadows the stone itself.

If it's a piece that doesn't utilize any stones, I try to fabricate the metal in a way that is sculptural.
    

I'm a self-taught silver smith, stone cutter, and engraver.  It may not be the best or most efficient way to learn a craft but it fits with my style of doing things in general.  And while I've undertaken formal training in fabrication and engraving techniques, I still consider myself primarily self-taught.  I'm always looking for new techniques to master.


You'll find my designs are simple and understated with a strong western theme.  When I look for stones or metals to design around, I look for the unusual and the unique. 

I especially enjoy designing jewelry for men. You can see some examples in my series of men's rings, bolo ties and belt buckles. No matter what I design, each piece is individually hand crafted by me personally. 

Finally, you'll find my makers mark on each piece I sell. It's my way of signing the piece and expressing my pride of craftsmanship in that work. 

 

If you purchase one of my pieces, I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

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