After taking beginner introductory courses at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago,, I decided to move to Los Angeles to continue my craft. After bouncing around to several different metalsmith studios, including Barnsdall Art Park, and teaching myself the art of stone setting and other classic silversmithing, I finally built a full silversmith studio out of my garage where I handcraft each individual piece of jewelry with pride and meticulousness, learning new techniques each day.