Aaron Willoughby - A little bit about me:
I’m a Southern California native born in San Diego. I spent my youth in Los Angeles vigorously exposed to the entertainment industry. In the mid 80’s I started my journey in the working world. I headed down the path of retail sales and merchandising, in fashion, art and interior design in LA and Beverly Hills. In the early 90’s, I returned to San Diego to explore other education and career options, which led me to working as a graphic artist In the mid 90’s.
In the late 90’s I found an appreciation for metal art and jewelry making after being taught and encouraged by my friend Steven Smith MFA. Aside from being mostly self taught, I have had the extreme good fortune of being mentored by several master metal artists and instruction by Deb Jemmott. In 2005, after woking with metal for a few years, I began to explore the lapidary arts. I started with cabochons which segued into faceting where I found the perfect compliment to my metal art and jewelry.
Inspiration for my art comes from my sensory exposure to nature, architechure and popular culture. It manifests itself by way of my infatuation for the process and techniques of craftsmanship. I truly enjoy making.
I’m currently migrating and rebuilding my studio here at my new home in northern Californa and work as a freelance graphic designer. I’m an active member of the Shasta Gem and Mineral Society.