Artist's Statement

I found my passion and my career path when I took my first jewelry design class in college. Inspired by color and the simplicity of primary shapes, I found an outlet for my creativity working with fine metals, pearls and high quality stones. Color seems to be the one thing that inspires me the most. I love unusual combinations. Often I will focus on one color theme and take off from there with many combinations. I love using pearls in my work. They are a gift of nature and they symbolize purity. There is nothing man can do to improve them. The texture of pearls combined with translucent colored stones is exquisite. Beth Wintersnecklace

I design jewelry that is understated, elegant and wearable. Preferring to make each piece by hand, I strive to create pieces that can move from casual to formal and that maintain their timelessness. My theme is clean and simple and I continue to be inspired daily by shape, color, and texture. My studio is filled with many different projects going on at once. It is not unusual for me to begin designing something and for 2 or 3 other pieces to evolve from that. I tend to move from one project to another changing and contemplating the components sometimes over and over. At other times I get it right the first time, but I always let it sit a few days to make sure. My work can be tedious and moving from one piece to another keeps it new and refreshing for me.

My designs, many of which are one of a kind, are made with high quality colored stone beads and pearls. I work with palladium and 14 and 18 karat gold and the metal I use comes from a company which guarantees their commitment to environmental responsibility. I use conflict-free gems.

claspI love ancient jewelry, particularly the irregular combinations and designs. My designs are not molded and therefore have a certain irregularity about them. I like the feeling of making each piece by hand and each having its own character.