I knew early on that I would be travelling an artist’s path in life.
Cheryl initially studied fashion and fabric design at Capilano College in North Vancouver, then a chance visit to see family in California changed her life. She signed up for a basic silversmithing class at San Francisco State University and fell in love with metal.
Just as she was creating a customer base as a jeweller, her family decided to move back to Canada. They were ready for a more tranquil environment and relocated to Denman Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island. The next phase of her business was to open a jewelry studio to the public in the summer months. I was part time manager of the Comox Valley Art Gallery craft shop and given a year long grant with the SEEDS program to teach myself the process of lost wax casting. It was a challenge and took my work to a different level.
Everything Cheryl works with comes from the earth. Beautiful pearls and semi-precious stones, crystals and fossils, the stones are where her inspiration comes from.
A special piece of jewelry can tell a story, hold our memories, connect us to our deepest beliefs and act as a healing talisman that offers protection and strength.