I've always loved jewelry. I remember sneaking into my grandmother's room to rummage through her jewelry box when I was a young boy. I know what you're thinking; it wasn't some fetish like wearing my sister's undies on my head or anything, I was just fascinated by the objects.
I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art on scholarship, largely on the merits of the jewelry and miniature metal sculptures in my portfolio. After I left art school I got sidetracked by other endeavors and stopped making jewelry. I partnered in a small artisan jewelry store in Cleveland for about four years, but none of the work was mine. I was back to playing in someone else's jewelry box.
After joining a Denver art gallery in 2010 as a painter I slowly started silversmithing again. I've been expanding my studio equipment and the designs I'm capable of creating in the time since. In 2013 I made the very wise decision to spend my student loan on casting equipment instead of living expenses. How does that old proverb go? "Buy a man a pack of ramen and he'll eat for a day; teach a man to make jewelry he can sell and he'll eat ramen for the rest of his life", or something like that, I think.