Thursday, July 30, 2009
Meet the Artist: Barbara Westwood, Jewelry Designer
Artist, Barbara Westwood, designs her one-of-a-kind pieces from her forest surrounded studio, perched 7,000 feet above sea level in Colorado. While her jewelry is cast and finished in Beverly Hills and her gems come from all over the world, Barbara crafts all of the original wax models herself. “My hands touch every piece of jewelry” she says. “It’s a very small business, inspired by the love that it takes to produce my art.”
“I wake up each morning, grateful that I created a career as an artist.” Barbara’s home based studio is filled with light and a tree-house view of the pines. Her business requires extensive travel but she and her husband, Sky Hall, always look forward to returning to their mountain retreat. This is where she reviews her gem selections, many sculpted by some of the finest gem artists in the world, and determines their final design. She’s drawn to large colored stones and raw, mysterious crystals which she transforms into her dramatic, yet minimalist signature jewelry.