Making jewelry allows me to play with color and texture even though I cannot draw or paint. That's what I love about it. It's physical-you are creating something whole out of parts. When I work with beads I am attempting to write a short poem. One necklace made of petrified wood, blue and white porcelain and a Murano glass focal bead made me think of a wrecked Spanish Galleon that was carrying gold coins and Chinese porcelain. Another reminded me of Etruscan pottery-I used Czech beads -round and pyramid shapes. With my Frida Kahlo earrings, I tried to incorporate animals and hearts to reflect the subject of her paintings. I plan to include other figures from art and history in the future.