I think one of the best things in the world to see is a sunset on the Hawaiian Islands. The sand, the palm trees, the mountain range in the distance, and the ocean in the foreground, reflecting the colors of the setting sun. Now imagine a surfer comes in from the surf, prop his board against a tree and just drink in the wondrous sight of that sunset. This was my inspiration for creating this enamel jewelry. Keeping my vision tight in my mind’s eye, I begin to sketch on my canvas. The sketch goes to watercolors, where I recreate the colors that I saw on that beach. I can almost still smell the beautiful surf. Ahhhh.
I enter my studio, painting in hand into to make this cloisonné jewelry. Once the sketch is refined in an ink drawing I can draw with 24k gold wire, and create the lines in the piece. The 24k wires are laid down in the enamel and fired in the kiln to secure them. Now the cloisonné jewel is ready for color!
With the colored enamel grains, three grains high at a time, into each cell, takes time and patience. I applied many layers of enamel for this piece, creating the sunset sky, beach, surf, palm leaves and surfboards. This unique jewelry design is found nowhere else. Being able to create enamel jewelry that is one of a kind gold jewelry is my passion.
My other passion is our environment. I have made a pledge to donate a portion of all my proceeds to Greenpeace. If you’d like more information on Greenpeace, you can go to this link: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/. There are many organization I like to work with, like Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society, check out this link: http://www.oceanfutures.org/about/jean-michel-cousteau.