I have come to making jewelry not through the typical route. In 1982 I began my association with the jewelry industry by working as the business manager for Pijon, Ltd., a small designer line jewelry manufacturer based in Eugene, Oregon. The time I spent in this position gave me my beginning knowledge of the jewelry industry. After leaving Pijon I started my own service business offering photography, graphic design, advertising and marketing to all level of companies in the jewelry industry. This business gave me a chance to work with large jewelry manufactures and gem dealers, small jewelry retail stores, award winning custom jewelry designer, niche jewelry marketers and art and craft jewelers. I have seen how the most interesting and creative jewelry designs are dreamed up and made. I have also seen how jewelry lovers respond to them. Through the years I have also seen areas of design, processes, niches that have been overlooked. Although I knew how to design and make jewelry I never put hand to metal not wanting to be my customer’s competition (even though I have so wanted to for many years). In 2008, with the recession being the triggering mechanism, the jewelry industry fundamentally changed. These changes finally open the door of opportunity to me to explore new possibilities and to finally start creating my own jewelry designs. It has been an exciting time of development and growth yet certainly challenging at times. I continue to develop my skills as I seek my vision for my jewelry.