I was born in Southern Illinois and went to school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and continued school at Ohio University for my Master’s of Fine Arts. I have started at Aurum in 1998 and worked here for two years, and moved up to Ashville for a time, and then came back to Aurum in 2007. I started making jewelry when I was 14, and I’ve always loved stones and rocks. I started cutting cabochons and that lead to making jewelry. I am inspired by art nouveau, ancient jewelry and nature - I love the intricacies of natural patterns. I dream of one day growing/ 3D printing jewelry and sculptures.