My main inspiration is the beauty of nature and the raw fierce sensuality of the flowing lava. I see them as mysterious and powerful, unapologetic and uncompromising in their creativity….traits that I embrace and strive for in my own work.
Metal has become my favorite medium. At first glance it appears to be cold, solid and flat, but it actually has the ability to bend, be formed, and to be fused into other metals. When heated to a certain temperature it melts with a glowing incandescent light that reminds me of lava. In this molten state, a magical process of transformation occurs where infinite possibilities exist. As it cools down, the radiance dissipates and it solidifies revealing the intention of its creator.
Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, I moved to the U.S. in 2001 where I was first exposed to jewelry design. It was then I discovered my love for metals. My creative exploration has included graphic design, photography, pottery, and mixed media sculpture; these are all still influential in my work today.
My studio is in lower Puna, on the Big Island of Hawaii, right on the skirts of the active Kilauea volcano. I live in an off-grid home where the power comes from the sun and the water from the rain. This way of living helps me remain present and stay in tune with the elements around me.