I understand jewelry as wearable sculpture and I am open to the use of any material. From this perspective, the possibilities of creation are infinite and the field of jewelry making is much more fun than ever imagined. It is my hope that some of this fun gets infused into the lives of the people wearing my pieces.
For the last 10 years I have been extensively travelling by motorcycle in South America, Mexico, US and Europe. As I travel different lands, my eyes are caught in the unassuming beauty of peoples and landscapes. Found materials on my journeys end up making their way into my artwork, such as found glass in the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina; or in the historic dump of Williams, AZ; sea shells from Bahía de Kino, Mexico; glass beads bought in the market at Izmir, Turkey; ponderosa pine and cholla cactus from Arizona... and the list goes on.
I am originally from Spain. I moved to Syracuse, NY in 1986 where I got a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. I then worked as a university professor for 20 years in several colleges and universities — Hamilton College, Utica College, University of Northern Iowa, and Northern Arizona University (NAU). After leaving NAU in 2006, I adventured into the fields of jewelry making, acting, translating, riding a motorcycle... and guess what? — I found there is a world out there!
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