“I started off as a painter and printmaker. A few years after I graduated from college I took a jewelry class and fell in love with metal. I took a few more classes and then apprenticed with Kim Maitland and Don Johnson of Creative Metalsmiths for two years and three years with Barbara McFadyen. At the same time I began doing shows and picking up wholesale orders. When my first child was born I went off on my own and picked up more shows and wholesale orders. Two years ago I became a member of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts cooperative where I am today along with fewer shows and my wholesale orders.
“I have integrated painting, printmaking, mixed media and metal fabrication into the work I do today. Through my work I often like to explore our different kinds of relationships and the different ways we like to travel through life together. The pieces can be about reaching for your dream with your whole heart, staying focused, love and kindness, finding time for quiet and recognizing the opposites in our lives. Much of my inspiration is sparked by everyday life and how we relate with one another.”
Nell has generously donated a sterling, etched brass and resin bracelet to The ArtsCenter’s Silent Auction, on display throughout the month of June in the Nicholson Gallery. To place a bid for this artwork, visit our box office or call us at (919) 929-2787. Bids starting at $100 will be accepted until 5PM on June 28th.