When I create art, it is like having a conversation with myself. The shapes in the material speak to me, saying what they want to be. The designs come naturally, like I am following common sense.
I moved to Yellowknife in 1976 from Southern Ontario. I come from an artistic family and I have been creating things ever since I was a child. I began making jewelry in 2005 and since then it has become an integral part of my life, like breathing. I am mostly self-taught, although I appreciate working with and learning from other artists.
Everything I make is individual and one of a kind – even a pair of earrings is not identical. I enjoy using northern materials in my jewelry, mostly because they intrigue me with how different they all are. When you cut into a caribou antler you never know what colours or shapes you will see. While working with these natural materials, I think about the animals they came from. The most wonderful part of my work is that it gives a second or new life to the material – by shaping it and incorporating it other items, it ends up being something beautiful again.