I’ve been an artist all my life, first a graphic designer and later a children’s book illustrator. The beauty of nature is my continual inspiration. I love the delicate colors and lines in flower petals, the veins and shapes of leaves and the spiraling tendrils of climbing vines. I’m also attracted to the late 1800s and early 1900s, Art Nouveau, damask and the small patterns of vintage quilts. I don't know if it's my Dutch heritage, but I also love Delftware. My work combines all these influences by featuring motifs from nature mixed with small, vintage patterns and soothing, muted colors.
I hand-fabricate each piece of jewelry from copper or silver and polymer clay. I like the contrast between shiny and matte that these mediums allow. I use the Japanese mokumé gané technique where layers of different colored polymer clay are impressed with designs and then sliced to reveal a pattern. I also use translucent polymer clay which allows light to pass through it like thin porcelain.