I was born in Mozambique, Africa, and spent my childhood there. Later, I moved to Europe and studied in Portugal, Germany, England, and Denmark.
I have been a sculptor and a designer for the last three decades. I did my Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and, even though I was passionate about it, I was too young and I lacked the confidence to pursue a career in Sculpture. I thought I needed to have another alternative, something that would be just as creative but also provide an income. So I did another degree in Graphic Design, got a full-time job as a high-school art & design teacher, and did graphic design part time.
In 2009, I moved to Canada with my family. We rented a small apartment in Port Moody,BC, and I was aware of the limitations it would create (could not do any sculpting, it would be too noisy and dirty). So, although I continued to work in graphic design, I also thought it was my chance to go back to one of my favorite Medias: photography. For several months I would get up really early, get on my bicycle and find subjects for my photos: parks, animals, people, streets and buildings, anything that had some unusual light or feature. I was enjoying it a lot! It was on one of those outings that I came across the Lapidary Club. I was very curious and the members of the club were so welcoming, that after a few hours on the cutting wheels I was in love! It felt like coming home as I was applying my previous skills of sculpting in stone to a new medium: cutting precious gemstones!
I had always loved to work with stone and metals, but working with gemstones was even more interesting. I was amazed and incredibly excited with the possibilities! A couple of months later, I began studying jewellery and faceting. I studied with Tom Schlegel, who was so generous he allowed me to use his fully equipped studio until I had enough resources to have my own. For two years I studied with him. It was a pleasure and a challenge. I applied my old skills in metal-working and learned many new ones for setting the gemstones in unique pieces of jewellery.
His wife, Lisa Elser, is a famous artist, one of the crème de la crème faceters. She taught me how to facet and, again, she too let me use her equipment. Life is opportunity and fate, and I have been most fortunate in finding the right people. People willing to help and to give. A very Canadian feature that I love and embrace.
I have started showing and selling my work. I love what I do and do it with passion, and hopefully it shows in the pieces I do.
I am a member of the BC Lapidary Society, the Canadian Metal Artists, the Creative Jewellers Guild, Watershed Artworks Gallery, a co op of artists. I am an active member of several different Lapidary clubs, and I give classes at the Port Moody Art Centre and the Firehall Art Centre. And yes, I am a proud Mom and Wife.