I love to make things, and I like to make things pretty. All kinds of things.
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. You could say it’s in my genes. When I was growing up, my whole family made things – my grandmother was a crafter and quilter, my grandfather made model boats, my mother is a textile and stained glass artist, and my father is a painter, writer, stained glass artist, and can make just about anything out of things he has laying around.
I enjoy working in, and experimenting with, a broad range of media. I love the malleability, earthiness and warmth of copper, and I especially love the alchemy of turning old electrical wire into ornate and precious wearable works of art. Lately, with pen, protractor, and compass, I’ve been entranced with creating intricate mandalas. I also love the magic of creating in pixels and vectors – creating digital art, graphics, and websites satisfies my creative left-brain, and my technical right-brain.
Art is a refuge and a medicine for me. To create, I must be fully present in my body, focused on my task, and in the moment. In this magical state, I am connected with the universal creative flow. It feeds me, and fills my soul.
When I am not creating, I am passionate about promoting the many talented artists in my area. I am the curator and director of Gallery 217 in my hometown of Freeport, Nova Scotia, a non-profit community gallery currently representing 48 artists from the Digby Neck and Islands area. I also keep busy with a multitude of other community projects. I love reading and spending time outside hiking, camping, and kayaking.
I’ve been making jewelry by hand under the name Mackerel Sky Jewelry since 2010, and always with a focus on recycled and eco-friendly materials.
Before getting hooked on jewelry making, I experimented in a wide variety of art materials and styles – and I still like to play and explore. I’ve dabbled in painting (in many media), drawing, sculpting, stone carving, fibre art, and digital art.
I began making jewelry when my children were small – and since I was making jewelry from home on my kitchen table, it was important that my materials were minimal and non-toxic. I started out with a few pairs of pliers, a hammer, an anvil, a huge pile of recycled copper electrical wire, and buckets full of sea glass from my Nova Scotian island home. Ten years later, my supplies are pretty much the same, although I’ve also added sterling silver, jeweller’s saws, and soldering equipment to the mix.
I strive to make each piece of Mackerel Sky Jewelry elegant, unique, durable, and comfortable to wear.