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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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Rani Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 360
Oak Creek Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 340
Blue Horizon Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 490
Mossy Pebble Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 340
Midnight Lagoon Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 440
Wish Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 850
Ancient Forest Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 890
Verbena Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 780
Niwa Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 498
Sunset in the Garden Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 490
Poetry in Stone Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 550
Celadon Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 298
Aliento Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 550
Flourish Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 480
Evocation Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 920
Genesis Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 510
Amazonite Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 450
Soft Rain Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 470
Origin Ring
Gold & Stone Ring

$ 560
Stele Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 450
Ruby Crystal Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 280
Iolite Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 296
Blue Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 450
Spring Dreams Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 460
Fern Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 370
Artemis Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 620
Moderna Earrings
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 620
Sedona Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 498
Equality Bracelet
Silver & Stone Bracelet

$ 1,370
Blue Lace Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

 
Promise Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

 
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