in my happy place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico

in my happy place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico

Born in Alaska and raised in Maine, my creative sensibility is steeped in saltwater and mountains. When I was too little to walk I was pulled around on a sled by a german shepherd called Rusty. I love making things with my hands and have been creating jewelry and art for as long as I can remember. I live with my wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travel to see the ocean as much as possible.

I studied sculpture and ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later received an MFA in visual arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago. These days, in addition to jewelry, I make paintings and books. These pieces are focused on the perplexing character of interactions with the natural world, and the subsequent ramifications. This creative work also inspires my jewelry designs. The colors and lines and textures all start outside in the real world, get turned into paintings and drawings and jewelry. More paintings here, photographs here, installations and collaborations here, and arts CV here.

I launched my namesake jewelry line in 2013 so that I could make beautiful wedding rings out of recycled gold for my friends. Since then the collection has expanded and evolved. My jewelry is inspired by and made for all of life’s adventures. These pieces are designed to be modern heirlooms for men and women. I am committed environmentally sustainable practices and I make all of my jewelry by hand from reclaimed solid sterling silver and 14k gold with ethically-sourced stones and conflict-free diamonds.

In my free time, you can find me hiking in the mountains of the Southwest, reading nature books and mysteries. I also occasionally work as a photographer and social media consultant for other creative businesses.

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