Natural materials call to me; they beckon. I want to touch and understand them, see how they work, take them apart and explore their components. As a beachcomber and rock hunter, I collect, photograph, dissect and study nature’s wondrous structures. In my garden and on my hikes in the woods, I observe the cycles of life—birth, growth, death, decay, and rebirth. No human can achieve the perfection that already exists, so I do not copy nature. Instead, I evoke natural processes through visual metaphors and allusions. I am in partnership with the natural world, co-creating beauty.
Seaweed is found in every ocean on earth. Green seaweed fronds are photosynthetic and often only two to three cells thick. They wave diaphanously in the current, and they’re swept ashore by even the gentlest waves. One of my favorite seaweeds is Sea Lettuce, the botanical name for which is Ulva latuca. Sea lettuce is pale green and, as it name suggests, edible. The necklace pictured above is opera length. Its strand is made from nuggets of aquamarine, and the blossom is oxidized sterling silver. When I hold this piece, I can almost hear waves lapping at the shore and taste the salty air that is heavy with summer humidity. I imagine that if I bend over to touch the sand, I might find this necklace coming to life.