Debra’s earliest memory is of watching her mother draw. From these early experiences a lifelong love and pursuit of her own artistic voice was born. Following a rich and interesting career in higher education as a counselor educator at Auburn University, a creative pursuit of a different sort, she now devotes her energies to designing and fabricating art jewelry.
Debra uses traditional metal smithing techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, stone setting, and finishing to achieve her design vision. Favorite specialty techniques include keum boo, the application of 23.5-24K gold to fine silver by fusing the metals together; forming and shaping; folding; and, rolling, etching, and stamping. Her work is characterized by clean, uncluttered lines and enhanced by the use of texture.
The primary inspiration for Debra’s jewelry is color. The metals themselves, primarily silver and gold, offer endless opportunities for creative expression. Beautiful stones evoke visions of jewelry that beg to be transformed into wearable art.
In addition to creating her own jewelry line, Debra teaches silver jewelry design and fabrication at the William Holland Lapidary School in Young Harris, Georgia each summer. She finds the beautiful North Georgia Mountains full of inspiration and the peace and tranquility that is necessary for creativity.
As counselor, teacher, and artist she is inspired by people who approach life with creativity, humor, optimism, and consistency and applies these qualities to hew work and life.