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Lesley Aine McKeown

"Color, line, and connection inspire my work. I strive to find a balance between the stones and metal to create a subtle but moving aesthetic that ignites a visceral reaction, translating my passion through the piece to the viewer."

Designing pieces that challenge her technically and speak to a certain aesthetic are what pull McKeown to create. The meticulous construction of her work is paramount. Each piece is created in her studio in the tradition of the American studio art jewelry movement of the 1940s–60s, which demands that the work is created entirely in the artist's studio. From design to finish, the piece never leaves her hands.

McKeown's approach is simple and low-tech, using basic metalsmithing tools. She uses traditional fabrication techniques, sometimes incorporating methods like the ancient Korean technique of keum-bo to accent her work. She collects vintage tools and is moved by the feel of tools used by others to create beauty.

McKeown apprenticed in the beginning of her career, finding inspiration to move on to ever more challenging techniques. She has studied with Jack da Silva, Betty Helen Longhi, and Komeila Okim. She has been making art jewelry for 35 years professionally and continues to push herself creatively, studying new techniques to incorporate into her work.

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Trellis Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 840
Celestia Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 490
Autumnal Equinox Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 290
Parity Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 270
Unity Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 490
Watermelon Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 496
Solstice Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 280
Waterfall Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 560
Mieux Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 190
Aqua Azul Bracelet
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet

$ 650
Incan Sky Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 490
Bella Primavera Bracelet
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet

$ 930
Taliesin Pendant
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 480
Satellite Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 310
Atomic Garden Pendant
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 390
Cairn Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 570
Satellite Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 520
Juxtapose Pendant
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 300
Vernal Equinox Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 260
Monsoon Rain Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,020
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Trading Places Exhibition, Taos Art Center, Taos, New Mexico, 1998
Trapping of the American West - 1999 - 2018, Flagstaff Muesum, Flagstaff, AZ , 2000
American Craft & Retailers Exhibition/ Best in Show- High Design Jewelry, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Nevada, 2015
Art of the American West / Art of the American West / Houston Contemporary Craft Museum ,Houston, TX ,Houston, TX, Houston Contemporary Craft Museum , Houston, TX, 2001
Collections
Women Artists of the West , Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona, 1997
Winter Arts Exhibition, Broderick Castle, Isle of Arran, Scotland, U.K, 1999
Trappings of the American West , Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum, Phoenix, AZ , 2000