After leaving a career in Veterinary Medicine to become an artist, the thing I missed most was performing surgery. When I began working with metal, that missing desire was filled. I love transforming a flat sheet of metal or a length of wire into something shapely and beautiful. Like surgery, the process of getting from the starting point to the finish line is both exciting and challenging. It demands that I master certain skills, try new techniques and solve problems alon the way.In my twenties, I moved to Hawaii where I lived for five years and reveled in diving the coral reefs. I earned a degree in zoology and spent time studying the details of plants and animals in that lush, fertile place. The rich colors huge diversity of coral reef ecosystems is much like watching a world made of living jewels. That's why my work is often inspired by things in the natural world: a seahorse, the texture of tree bark, the spiral of a seashell or the sparkle of fish scales in sunlight. I often blend different materials into a single piece; a way of paying respect to Mother Nature.Hawaii also blessed me with exposure to many different Pacific and Asian cultures. I was, and still am, drawn to Japanese art and culture. I have visited Japan twice now and hope to return again. My work is often informed by Asian motifs and ideas, a sort of East meets West theme, and especially by those of Japan.