Bio

I am an artist who is Brooklyn-bred and Bay Area based.  I'm a college graduate and have held positions as diverse as bookstore clerk, journal editor, university instructor and mindfulness facilitator.  As an undergraduate, I majored in English, African American Studies and Women's Studies because I wanted to get a fuller picture of what it means to be black and female in the culture.  I have written about women and representation and I continue to  follow the trail onto new paths that are both exciting and new.

I came late to metal work but I'm proud to say that I live and work as an artist. My mediums are precious metals; I create wearable art and have begun to work on 3 dimensional pieces in sterling, fine silver and 14K and 18K gold.  

Currently, I've been afforded an opportunity to apprentice in Dakar, Senegal with a 5th generation master goldsmith.  From late December, 2017 until the end of January, 2018, I lived and worked in Dakar studying traditional methods of smithing.  I have been asked by this master to return in June, 2018 for a period of 6 months intensive study. I feel honored and humbled to have this access; in Senegal, they have a saying that "women don't wield the hammer".  I have been blessed to get this training directly from a master.  

​And then I get to share it.

​Because women do, indeed, wield the hammer.