Originally from the Chicago area, I have also resided in Madrid, Seattle, San Francisco, and live and work in Florence, Italy since the year 2000 where I teach university-level jewelry courses. I have studied painting, interior architecture, jewelry design, and have exhibited my artwork in the US and Europe.
I make unique jewelry and collages utilizing vintage ephemera, Italian maps, letters, photos, watch parts, game pieces, found objects, furniture and other materials, repurposed for a new life while honoring the past imprint of the object's history.
I am also a tango dancer, cat lover, and a night owl - I need coffee first thing in the morning! I get around town on a bicycle, sometimes do yoga, and keep a busy and healthy lifestyle.
I hope your stay in Florence is as inspiring for you as it was for me when I arrived here ...and never left! Happy travels...