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Growing up, my Dad worked as a neon tube bender for a sign shop. I loved to watch him work the glass tubing in a torch. The memories of the soft luminous glow of the neon have remained and still influence my work today as seen particularly in my Frozen Moments series.
I began working with stained glass in 1980 and became a full time studio artist in 1985. I discovered contemporary kaleidoscopes at that time and devoted my work exclusively to kaleidoscopes until 2002 with much success. During those twenty two years, I expanded my glass working knowledge to include glass fusing, lampworking, hot glass, carving and sandblasting. In 2000, I began to feel urges to take my work beyond kaleidoscopes. Many of the skills and techniques that I had developed for my kaleidoscopes were the building blocks on which my new jewelry work was developed. Metalsmithing classes over the next several years added the final skill set to begin to create wearable art jewelry.