About

BIOGRAPHY

With an MFA from Cal State Long Beach, I have been creating gastronomically-inspired artwork for almost two decades with artwork showcased in exhibitions in America and internationally. As well as being an active artist, I am a graduate of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and a Certified Master Chef (Epicurean School, Los Angeles, 1999). In the capacity as food historian and chef, I have worked with the Culinary Historical Society of Southern California and multiple private clients in the recreation of historical feasts. As an author, I have written articles for magazines such as Wines & Vines, Wine Business Monthly, and Hugh Johnson’s World of Fine Wine, and is looking forward to the publication of my first book, Oysters, A Global History, for Reaktion Press in spring, 2017.

For the food jewelry, my inspiration stems from almost 20 years in the food and wine industry combined with my artistic expression in fashioning wearable art.  These fashionable designs are a whimsical combination of gashapon, Japanese toys, which are quality products, constructed from high-grade PVC plastic, or dollhouse miniatures constructed from polymer clay. Gashapon are mounted and featured against substantial settings of elegant 14k gold and sterling silver.  Each creation is an eye-catching conversation piece of playful sophistication that captures the attention of all who see them. With today’s interest in cooking and food, I provide a lighthearted and playful way for the wearer to express epicurean desires in an unexpected and imaginative way.  My passion is to share my love of food and art through the creation of fashionably fun jewelry.

Having a deep and abiding interest in history and metaphysics, I have also created artwork that incorporates these interests. Continuing with my desire to repurpose and recycle, the “Edwardian” jewelry I create utilizes 100-year old, vintage Edwardian jewelry – mostly Guilloche cufflinks – reimagined into modern and compelling designs. My metaphysical work involves incorporating philosophies of the Kabbalah, Thelema, Enochian, and Alchemical beliefs.

EXHIBITIONS

2016
• Typeset – Art Jewelry in a Literary Setting, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Art and Design Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2015
• Art of Gastronomy – Juried Exhibition, Healdsburg Center for the Arts; Healdsburg California
• GreenSmith – Juried Exhibition of Eco-jewelry, Anglim Gilbert Gallery; Albany, California

2014
• Louder Than Words – Facèré Gallery, Seattle, Washington
• 50×50 – Juried Exhibition of 50 works by 50 artists; Sanchez Art Center; Pacifica, California
• Featured Artist – Super Fresh Food Art Gallery; Novato, California
• GreenSmith – Juried Exhibition of Eco-jewelry; Gallery 1 Artisan; Queensland, Australia
• Feast Your Eyes – Juried Exhibition, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center; Dowell, Maryland

2013
• CraftForms, 19th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Craft – Wayne Art Center; Wayne, Pennsylvania
• 7th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon; San Francisco, California

2011
• Tasty: Artists Playing With Food – Cabrillo College; Santa Cruz, California
• Good Enough to Eat – Facèré Gallery; Seattle, Washington
• Subtle Set – Facèré Gallery; Seattle, Washington
• ABeCeDarian – Facèré Gallery; Seattle, Washington

2010
• Delicious: Work Inspired by Food & Drink – STUDIO: Gallery; San Francisco, California
• Six By Six Project – Charmingwall Gallery; New York, New York
• Crafthaus Online Exhibit: Kinetic Toys and Mechanical Objects

2009
• Paper or Plastic? – Luke and Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brigitte Martin, Curator
• Urban Renaissance – Berkeley, California; Metal Arts Guild group exhibition
• ArtUndressed – San Francisco, California. Erotic Signature, Curators
• Lines Into Shapes – Art Center of Estes Park; Estes Park, Colorado, Jeff Legg, Juror
• Schwa – Emerge Gallery & Art Center; Greenville, NC, Kat and Matt Myers, Jurors. Honorable Mention
• Reclaim, Reuse, Renew – Ball State University; Muncie, Indiana
• CONTROL – South Bay Area and Peninsula Women’s Caucus for Art; San Francisco, California. Guerilla Girls West, Jurors.
• re: materialization – Deborah Martin Gallery; Los Angeles, California
• National Juried Art Exhibit – ACCI Gallery; Berkeley, California. Lisah Horner, Juror
• National Art Encounter – Naples, Florida. Dahlia Morgan, Juror – Juror’s Choice Award
• Seven Deadly Sins – Cafe Montmartre; Madison, Wisconsin
• National Truffle Art Fest – Asheville, North Carolina
• Wearable Art Awards – Port Moody Arts Center; Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
• Delicious: Work Inspired by Food & Drink – STUDIO: Gallery; San Francisco, California
• Valentine’s Day Celebration of Chocolate and Champagne – Sculpture to Wear; Los Angeles, California

2008
• Radical Jewelry Makeover – A project by Ethical Metalsmiths, Velvet Da Vinci; San Francisco, California

2007
• Pop Art – Champagne Uncorked, Shaw Jewelry; Northeast Harbor, Maine. Curator: Sam Shaw

RETAIL OUTLETS
• Artful Home.com – Carolyn Tillie
• Thousand Oaks Gallery – Berkeley, California
• ACCI Gallery – Berkeley – California
• Freehand Gallery – Los Angeles, California
• Abrams Claghorn – Albany, California

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
1997 – Scholarship to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts-Selected for outstanding level of accomplishment in Metalwork

PROFESSIONAL WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS
Oysters, A Global History, Reaktion Press, Spring 2017
500 Plastic Jewelry Designs, Lark Books
San Francisco Examiner
Reno Gazette Journal
Gayot.com
Novus Vinum.com
Napa Register
Hugh Johnson’s World of Fine Wines
Gang of Pour.com
Wine Business Monthly
Wines and Vines
Enterprising Women Magazine

EDUCATION
Wine and Spirit Education Trust; Napa, California, 2002
Certified Master Chef, Epicurean School; Los Angeles, California, 1999
Master of Fine Arts, CSULB; Long Beach, California, 1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree: 3-D Media Metal, Textiles, and Wood, CSUN; Northridge, California, 1993

2010 FESTIVALS
• August 14 – San Rafael Food & Wine Festival, San Rafael, California
• July 3 & 4 – Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco, California
• June 5 – Chalk & Chocolate Festival, Berkeley California
• May 8 – Paradise Chocolate Festival, Paradise, California
• April 10 to April 19 – Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco, California
• March 20 – Chocolate Salon, San Francisco, California
• February 5 to February 7 – Indulge, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Washington

2009 FESTIVALS
• November 28 to November 29 – Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, California
• October 17 to October 19 – Art Affair, Beverly Hills, California
• September 19 to September 20 – Mill Valley Art Festival, Mill Valley, California
• August 14 to August 16 – American Craft Council, San Francisco, California
• August 8 to August 9 – San Francisco Gift Show, San Francisco, California.
• July 4 to July 5 – Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco, California
• June 5 to June 7 – Contemporary Craft Market, Santa Monica, California
• May 31 to June 2 – American Craft Retailers Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada
• April 11 to April 19 – Cherry Blossom Festival, San Francisco, California
• March 14 to March 15 – Contemporary Craft Market, San Francisco, California