From the early days of my childhood, the hills and orchards, streams and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics with a visual vocabulary of color, pattern, texture, and form. All my work, whether jewelry, baskets, vessels or sculpture, are an homage to that natural wonderland of my youth. I see my artistic journey as a dialogue, a never-ending conversation with my creator. Each piece is born through a series of sketches that mature into sculptural forms through repeated cycles of fabrication, layering, and oven curing. An individual piece can easily go through dozens of such cycles and take weeks or months to complete. While my work is laborious and often tedious, at times the process is almost contemplative.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Laurel, MD. Jeff has served on the adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for twenty years, where he taught illustration and graphic design. Sought after as an instructor, he enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques as often as his schedule allows. His vessels, jewelry and sculptural objects have been shown in many national invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries and museums.