Following a dedicated career of 20 years in the information technology field, Linda retired and about 6 years ago, found a new passion in jewelry making. After a year in wire work, she took metalsmith classes at several local craft centers and has been forging, soldering and fabricating predominately one-of-a-kind metal jewelry ever since. As a natural progression, Linda took her first lapidary class cutting cabochons at the NC State University Crafts Center, then continued with her first faceting class at William Holland in May 2013. Her first faceted gemstone in that class was a rutilated quartzit was good enough to be selected for publication in the Lapidary Journal's annual The Gemmys 2015. Linda taught beginning jewelry metalsmith classes at Durham Arts Council (Durham, NC) from September 2013 through March 2016 and at the NCSU Crafts Center (Raleigh, NC) from July 2014 through 2021.