Many artists are inspired by their surroundings. How many paintings of the canals of Venice have you seen? How many poems have been written about Spring? For all those artistically minded people who wondered where I receive my inspirations…. Here are just a few of the reasons behind my pieces.
When I saw this stone, my immediate thought was that a piece of the heavens had fallen to earth and lay sparkling before me. I still envision this stone flying through space, trailing motes of light and twinkling in the heavens.
When I think of a new design, I am most strongly influenced by the play of linear elements. It always seems as though I am sculpting both the positive silver lines, and the negative space they embody. When I can sculpt these spaces and lines around a stunning stone… All I do is smile.
One of my favorite activities is watching the rain fall on a misty day, where beads of moisture trickle down a window pane in shimmering silence. To capture in silver such an ephemeral moment of beauty is truly a rewarding experience. I created Rain Fall pendant in an attempt to share that feeling.
Once when I was camping on a cool clear night, I watched the smoke from our fire rise above the tree tops and twine itself amongst the stars. This Smoke and Mirrors pendant is the result.
I am considering adding another weekly post about artistic inspirations, so if you enjoyed learning about my motivations, I would love to know about it! This possible new post would be open to all artists, so if you would like to be considered, please comment either below or on my studio’s Facebook Fan Page.
Wow! Those pieces are amazing! I especially love “smoke and mirrors.”
I found your blog on the forum and I would love to be considered for a feature!
I made this piece because I loved the color of the pearls, they reminded me of a calm day hanging out at the summit of a mountain that I had just hiked! I live in Colorado and I love every minute of it!
Saw your post in Etsy forums, replied there, I can’t follow directions! Anyway, inspirations is a cool idea. I would love to participate if you are using people who make jewelry also. I have some photos at the bottom of this page on my site that shows inspiration photos.
Let me know. Fun project! And your work is fabulous!
Also saw your post in the Etsy forums. I love the idea of posts about the inspiration behind an artists’ creations.
There are two different kinds of inspiration that I find as I work. The first is in a design for a piece. I’ll usually be lying in bed at night trying to go to sleep, or convincing myself it’s time to get up, and I’ll get an idea. This choker came about in such a fashion:
I’ll also be working on a piece, and I start to create a story about it, it’s history and creation. I do this with a lot of the pieces in my steampunk line: