Biography/Statement "I am a natural born collector. As a small child I gathered pebbles, shells, feathers, bits of glass or anything my young imagination could make into a relic from the distant past. At the same time, making things with our hands was simply something that people in my family did. I can’t imagine living my life any other way. I remained fascinated by the natural world and the early cultures that lived so connected to it. I studied Art History and Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and over the years I have worked with various media. Metalsmithing freed me to create my own pieces based on natural forms and ancient symbols, but my years working with other media still influence what I create."