"The gift of creativity is intrinsically connected to the gift of healing.
As an artist and a healer, I must synthesize the expression of both in my
work and in my life."
Through years of study and interest in the healing arts, I've come to appreciate and honor the ability of stones to heal the body, mind and spirit.
From the combination of specific stones and the overlay and applique of precious metals, emerges a unique creation. The stones speak to me of placement within geometric and organic forms. Combining of the metals, silver, white, pink and yellow gold, enhances the beauty and energy of each piece. The fabrication process enriches the uniqueness of the work, giving it a 'hands on' flavor from the concept to the final polish.
The forms I use come directly from the observation of the world around me, in particular of nature, which is especially so in the creation of a custom piece. I begin by choosing the specific metals and then the stones to facilitate the healing process. Often a shape or image will come into the picture.
Whatever it is that my intuition directs me to do, a creative synthesis unfolds.
A challenge for many artists in today's world of 'production-verses-art' is to be true to the vision that defines an artist. As I create a piece, I keep this vision in mind to see it translated into my work."
She has been creating jewelry since 1982, originally in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she began to make jewelry, to California and now in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a self taught jeweler and her knowledge of jewelry design and technique were augmented by a 1990 intensive study with the renowned Hopi silversmith, Michael Kabote-Lomawyesa,.
An accomplished artist, Nadine studied at Hartford Art School and received a B.F.A. magna cum laude in 1974 from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has received numerous awards for her work over the years.
Extensive travel and study abroad added to her influences in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, weaving and silkscreen design.
In 2002, Nadine relocated her studio to Chapel Hill, North Carolina after 14 years in California's northern Bay area. There are many customers throughout the states with private collections of her work.
Skyrivers Jewelry can be found exhibiting in many shows throughout the states, primarily North Carolina and California.