Growing up in Denver Colorado, I spent much of my childhood playing outside letting my imagination run wild. From painting rocks, to sketching flowers, to making figures out of clay I dug out of the creek, I was blessed with lots of creative outdoor play. In high school I was introduced to jewelry making and silversmithing and fell in love with metalworking. I began my collage career in Fine Art with a metalsmithing emphasis from Metropolitan State University in Denver, but switched my major to Environmental Science because of my passion to preserve and restore mother earth. I continued my hobby as a metalsmith making jewelry out of my home. Then in 2007, I had the honor to learn how to weld and work with steel from the late (and amazing) Dennis West at the 23rd Ave. Sculpture Studio in Denver. While working in the environmental field, I continued my passion for metalworking and after leaving my corporate job in 2019, I've fully dedicated myself to my art.
Wild Iris Metals was born in 2016 after I opened my home studio. I choose this name because of my love for this delicate and fleeting flower. The wild iris only appears for a short time in Colorado in the spring and finds its home in the meadows where the foothills meet the prairie. This name represent my delicately designed and whimsical sculptures and jewelry.
Check out my collaborators!
I create my art at Mitch Levin's Studio 5.5 in Boulder and in my home in Nederland, Colorado.
I collaborated with Boulder based artist Darrel Ansted on "Luna", the big mirror mask project for Burning Man 2017.
As Covid hit I was working on "Sanity" a giant glass lotus flower art piece, moonlighting as a radical new approach to art and infrastructure for Burning Man 2020.