My work merges exotic materials with a sensitive execution to achieve a luxurious decorative surface enhancing fine furniture, decorative objects and interiors. A life long passion for art and fine craftsmanship has guided my studies and training. I have a strong foundation in my craft having pursued finishing and restoration studies through the University of Minnesota at Dakota County Technical College and furniture making in the Fine Wood Working Program at the College of the Redwoods under James Krenov of the Stockholm Design School founded by Carl Malmsten.
Once introduced to the traditional finishes of urushi lacquer, shagreen, eggshell and straw marquetry, the experience was a instant personnel connection to the elegant materials as well as the discovery process of the colors, depth, textures and iridescent patterns. I studied at the Day Studio in San Francisco and in upstate New York with master finisher Greg Johnson from the Wendell Castle Studio. In 2007 I began my studies in urushi lacquer techniques with Sergej Kirolov at Studio Lacquer Decor in Arnhem, Netherlands, as well as kanshitsu techniques with Nicolas Pinon Lacquer Studio, Paris, France. A member of various professional organizations and educator of fine finishes, I operate a workshop on the Mendocino coast in Fort Bragg, California