Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: None specifically. I just want to continue learning new techniques. I just want to keep enjoying and making. Pounding on metal. Because I do like the three dimensional work and that’s all done with hammers and punches and things like that.
Q: How many stones do you have at any given time?
A: Oh my goodness. I have so many. Rocks are wonderful. And these stones — some of them are just incredible, and there’s no two alike. That’s what’s exciting. I just have drawers and drawers full of stones and I still buy when I get close to one. And turquoise. I love the turquoise. There’s some other stones, agates and things like that, that they’re just incredible. They’re beautiful.
Q: Do you have an idea in your head and try to buy a stone to match it or do you buy a stone and then form an idea around it?
A: I do both ways. If I have a pretty stone a lot of times a design will come up. Some of the agates and things like that really kind of look like landscapes. But usually I take a stone and design around the stone. I’ll have an idea for a horse, or something like that, and then I find the stones that will go. It’s both ways a lot of times.
Q: How much are you directly inspired by Native American work?
A: Tremendously. I don’t want to copy there designs but the influence is definitely there. I like the graphic feel of their design and, of course, the silver and turquoise is definitely Navajo, and the other tribes, too. I try some of the Plains Indians’ designs in my work, too. It’s just the design of it I like.
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