How did you get started in silver design?
In 2000, I took a continuing education class at the Maine College of Art in silversmithing basics. Those six Monday nights changed my life’s path. I went from experimenting in my basement, to having a studio, and now my own store front.
Does your silver design have a common theme or character to it? How would you describe it?
My work has a common theme of organic oceanic forms. In addition, core elements in nature, including the moon, the sun, nature’s pathways and waves—these are all inspirations that are represented in the collection titles of my work.
Speaking of inspiration, where do you find inspiration for your work?
Nature is my muse. Nature is constantly changing in a dynamic ‘life’ show. This fuels me to recreate all the beauty that inspires me into silver pieces.
Where do you live and how long have you lived in this area?
I’ve lived in the East End neighborhood of Portland for 12 years. It’s like an ocean version of Back Bay Boston without the red stone. The Portland Trails system weaves amazing pedestrian walkways and hiking paths throughout the neighborhood. The businesses are Bohemian, and include upscale eateries, coffee shops, artesian pizzerias, art galleries, and unique shops. It is a colorful, one-of-a-kind, intimate community that flavors Portland with urban class and outdoor grandeur.
When you are not working, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not working, I like to be active and move my body. So this usually means working out, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and basically submersing myself in nature. Walking along the crashing waves helps me leave my mind behind—it’s my definition of bliss.
What are some of your favorite places to be in nature in greater Portland?
The Eastern Prom, and all of the beaches. I also love the Prouts Neck Cliff Walk in Scarborough (near Higgins Beach). Whenever I have company in town, I take them to the beaches and for day trips to the islands in Casco Bay.