Meet The Artist

My love affair with African antiquities was born over twenty years ago in an African art gallery in Stockbridge, MA. Working there, the pieces I handled on a daily basis intrigued me. I was most fascinated by the diverse styles and modalities used by African tribes to represent their culture, and I began to collect examples of those that spoke to me. A few years (and many pieces) later, the inspiration to design my own jewelry came from reading Albert Gordon’s “The Tribal Bead.” Written by the owner of the gallery in which I had worked, this tiny book documented the rich history of African Trade beads that can be millions of years old. Before long, I was voyaging between Santa Barbara, CA, and Dakar, Senegal, in search of vintage beads to feature in my jewelry. The relationships I have forged with traders and collectors from Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Tibet allow me to collect the highest quality materials for my one-of-a-kind creations. The exquisite beauty and fascinating stories behind the beads I use have produced opportunities to showcase my work in galleries around the world. I invite you to join me in celebrating the artistry of African Trade and other antique and vintage beads collected from around the world on display in my unique jewelry pieces.