biography for someone like myself in the line of work that I do is going
to seem rather short. Almost everyone who works with gemstones in this country
is by necessity self taught. There is no formal education for doing the
small-scale gemstone sculptors that I do. So I don't have a history of art
schools that I've attended. Or any list of artists that I've worked under.
My education in small scale sculptures started when I joined a jewelry manufacturer
based in Beverly Hills, CA doing simple but high production gemstone designs
that were used in the company's jewelry line. I started here not long after
high school in the early 70's and worked with them for 10 years or so, learning
how to be very productive, and coming to understand the unique nature of
gemstones. This wasn't the most exciting work, but it made it possible for
me to go on and succeed as an independent gemstone artist, when there were
maybe 5 of us in the whole world doing this kind of work. Being able to
come up with an original design, executing it well, and doing it quickly
is what all those years of production work allowed me to do.
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did spend a few years setting up and producing an ever-changing line of
gemstone carvings for my parent's company, Craftstones, located in Ramona,
CA. But this was just part of my evolution in working with gemstones. I
advanced in my designing, and finally realized that I had to move out on
my own in order to really be able to push myself the way I needed to.
in the mid eighties, I started doing one of kind gemstone carvings, some
designed as small-scale sculptures, but most designed as one of kind pieces
to be used in jewelry.
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was most inspired by the German gemstone sculpture Dieter Lorenz. His soft,
flowing sculpture pieces in Agates really hit a nerve inside me when I first
became aware of them in the early eighties, and I knew that this is the
work that I wanted to do. Coming into this carving world when I did meant
that I was able to find my own style of carving design without worrying
too much about crossing over into other peoples styles. Since there were
only about 5-6 of us then, that wasn't too hard. This is not the case today.
carvings have won several AGTA Cutting Edge awards, as well as being used
in 8 winning AGTA Spectrum Jewelry awards."