I made my first driftwood necklace when I lived in Hawaii. It was big, bold and very rough. One day, a native Hawaiian commented 'I like your lei!' This was inspiring! I made more necklaces, using the bare minimum of tools…my husband's bonsai saw and a sheet of sandpaper. On returning to Santa Fe I traded the Hawaiian woods for sun bleached cottonwood that I found along the banks of the Rio Grande. The driftwood, with all its intrinsic qualities, both challenges and stimulates my creativity. It is this involvement in my chosen material and in the process of creating that keeps me so thoroughly engaged and has given rise to my current line of jewelry.