Each of my pieces starts from a basic desire to create. I have always had that drive. Call it the Muse, or an irresistible urge, I am from within and inspired from without. I love the worn look of a well-used stair rail, or a tree root on a favorite hiking trail: an old cabinet door that has been opened and lovingly polished for many generations. These surfaces are magical to me and inspire my jewelry and mosaics. Even when I use new ceramic and glass tile, I am ever conscious of the mosaics, thousands of years old, still enjoyed by admirers in European countries and Africa.