Born and raised in New Mexico with strong Spanish and Native bloodlines, my style embodies where I come from, the Southwest, as well as my own artistic impression. I have traveled all over and have lived in Southern California for most of my adult life. For the past 4 years, I’ve been back in New Mexico building handmade silver jewelry as well as being an owner/publisher for a popular local Social Media Brand, I am New Mexico.
What first started as a side endeavor building custom furniture, transformed into a fine jewelry making business. Being a metalworker for a long time, I wanted to help my wife learn how to make jewelry, even though I really didn’t really know how other than my previous welding and metalworking experience. Since she was pregnant with our second child, we decided to wait until she had the baby, because of the fumes, dangers, etc.. I found that I really like it and caught on very fast. I’ve only been making jewelry since December 2017. Within the time that I’ve been making jewelry, the quality has grown remarkably and I feel I’ve found something that I’m truly gifted at.
Although the name may not completely convey what it is that Strange Grain is, I hope that it eventually becomes a large name that carries various artistically themed products (my vision).
I make everything from scratch. All my jewelry is cold formed with hand tools only. I’ve never apprenticed or watched anyone else make jewelry, so you may not see anything similar to what I make, considering I use very unconventional methods to execute some of the pieces that I design and make.
I’m a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist as well. I can work in almost any medium, digitally or physically. Although my current focus is on silversmithing, you may see various products in my store that are composed using various other mediums.