I am a hand engraver, goldsmith, and gem cutter. I create my forms in metal by hand fabricating them or by carving a wax and casting that. Once a from is created I work the surfaces with chisels and punches until I feel like the metal has sufficient life breathed into it. My best work often starts as a vague idea - a stone here, a bit of gold there. It is a tentative relationship right up to the end. I try to listen to what the piece wants and create something that honors the beauty of the materials.