My biological and artistic roots are in New England and New York. Augustus Rose, a leading Arts and Crafts metalsmith and early faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, was my great uncle. His daughters were artists and educators, and I inherited an enthusiasm for art jewelry and some of his tools. I started taking jewelry and metalsmith classes at the Evanston (Illinois) Arts Center about 15 years ago and studied pulp paper making at BluSeed Studio in Saranac Lake, New York. Teachers at both places provide essential technical guidance, creative inspiration, and essential encouragement. I maintain a studio at our home in Evanston, Illinois, from October to May and one at our camp in the Adirondack Mountains from June through September.