Gene started making jewelry as a hobby in 2003. He attended William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and took Wire 2 under Lisa Roberts, Precious Metal Clay under Mary Ann & Ken Devos, Silver 1 under Dan Haga, Silver 1 under Don & Ann Monroe, Cabochons under Diane Brooks, and Rings, Rings, Rings under Ruth Ann Moore. He continued his work with wire and in 2005 was a victim of hurricane Katrina. He moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi in 2006 where he took a position as a Jewelry Wire Artist and Designer for a major company. Shortly after that the company closed their business in Vicksburg and moved to Missouri. Gene did not want to go that far north (To Cold) so he retired and moved to Decatur, Alabama where he has a brother. Gene made three instructional DVDs titled, Interchangeable Cabochon Pendants Volume 1 and 2 and Interchangeable Bead Pendants Volume 1 which are his designs and creations. Gene has been teaching at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts since June 15th 2008.