I fell in love with jewelry when I was young, rummaging through my grandmother’s bureau drawers, enchanted by her treasure trove of costume jewelry that she kept in a jumble of tiny boxes, each with its own story. Since my childhood in the woods and on the beaches of Connecticut, I have accumulated and “curated” my collections of objects, found and acquired, assembling them in patterns and groupings that often inspire my jewelry designs. I think of these pebbles, shells, rusted metal fragments and art objects as an archive of my travels and memories.While working on the Navajo Reservation during college, I was captured by the wide open western landscapes and their feeling of expansive freedom. It was there that I met Navajo silversmiths who inspired me to learn to make my own jewelry. I headed to Colorado, where I earned my BFA at the University of Colorado. After making jewelry in Boulder for a number of years I eventually relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, where I now live. I have an airy, sun-filled studio where I work with three bench assistants and my husband, Craig Roper, who manages the business end of our operations.