I attended Highline Community College and received my Associates of Applied Science in Jewelry Design. Although it is a two year program, I spent three years completing my studies. Why so long? Because I wanted to progress and fine tune my skills. The most important classes I took repeatedly were for casting. I tested burnout durations and problem solved differences in casting in silver 999, 925, electrum fine gold, fine silver and all alloys of gold.
I was eventually teaching and assisting in all casting classes, including both vacuum and centrifugal. I also spent my time taking Gemology, Stone Identification, Wax carving, and Mold Making twice so that I could master these subjects. I also excelled in wax carving and additive and subtractive sculpting. I was inherently good at not only two dimensional, but three dimensional reproduction as well. I went on to teach an advanced wax carving class. Reproductive human and animal likenesses were easy. The hard thing to do was making something look like an individual. I’ve only been able to recreate a person’s image in two dimensions. However, I excel if the sculpture doesn’t have to look like an individual but represents emotion or provoke thought.
After completing my associates degree I attended the University of Washington. I maintained a 3.8 GPA and made the Dean's List three times. Although I did not complete my Bachelors I have never stopped learning about the physical nature of what I love working with the most: metal, wood and stone; metal being my favorite. My own quest of learning will never end and I continue to go at a pace that allows me to absorb and retain more detail about subjects I study.