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Michael McRae - Artist Statement

After an illustrious career as a commercial photographer, Michael McRae has continued his passion for art and design the past seven years as a metal smith. He credits his previous experiences along with the work of various masters of photography, architectural design and fellow metalsmiths as his primary influences. Michael creates his own alloys and recycles all scrap silver into usable stock. His passion for renewable resources and waste reduction is as important to him as the finished piece. When asked “why jewelry?”, he replies , “I like the added dimensionality of the pieces I now work with. I’ve always had this incessant need to create - like feeding a beast. The urge to design, create and make never stops pushing me and continues to make me feel alive."