I was born in Iowa and I moved to Arizona in 1960 at the age of 11, arriving on a train after 4 days of travel. My mother, my brother and I joined my father in Phoenix. Since that time though I have lived other places I have always returned to Arizona.
After twenty-five years in the computer industry I asked myself what I wanted to do with the second half of my life. I had been making jewelry as a hobby and it soon had become a passion. If I did it, I wanted to be good and that would take education, so I started taking classes in the Phoenix Area.
My education included classes at Phoenix College and The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. After I finished there I sold my house and took what money I had and took classes at The Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and the Revere Academy in San Francisco. I was trained by masters and received diplomas in Gemology, design, and jewelry making.
I started my first professional studio in California and returned to Arizona in 2007. Since 2005 I have had the honor to win several awards in jewelry design. I won two at the South Sea Pearl Consortium in Hong Kong March 2005. I was the only American to win among the 27 awards given in various types of design. The third award, the Bench Jeweler Design Passion Award, was given in April, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. After I left school and opened my studio I left competition to produce jewelry for my clients. Articles and product features have been written about me in Ornament, MJSA Journal, Bead & Button, AGTA and other jewelry and craft magazines.
I have been a member of AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) and MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America) as well as an alumnus of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and Revere Academy of Jewelry. My products are made in the USA and are manufactured of recovered metals