I’ve lived in Fort Jones with my husband Jack for 30 years,” she said. “After retiring we both decided to explore new opportunities, Jack with furniture building and for myself, jewelry making.

Nature-inspired handmade silver jewelry made by artist Karen West will be featured at a July 5 art show at Directions from 4 to 7 p.m.

The show will be up until Sunday, July 14.

“I’ve lived in Fort Jones with my husband Jack for 30 years,” she said. “After retiring we both decided to explore new opportunities, Jack with furniture building and for myself, jewelry making.

“We both learned a lot about the business side of things by taking classes from JEDI in Mt Shasta,” West continued. “The classes, services and staff at JEDI were a great help and are a wonderful resource in Siskiyou county.”

West said he would characterize the jewelry she makes as earthy and organic with attention to detail.

“I began to develop my own style and voice as I discovered materials and appearances I liked most,” she said. “I love nature, natural stones, plant patterns and textures and a lot of my jewelry reflects that. I keep a plant press full of native plants and many earrings begin by picking out leaves with interesting patterns and roller printing those patterns into silver.”

West has shown her work in art festivals in the west and several cities in the Bay Area. She is a member of Marble Rim Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Fort Jones, as well as Lithia Artisans Market in Ashland, Ore.

For more information or to get in touch with Karen, go to www.eggtoothoriginals.com