There are more obvious examples of this, such as my seahorse pendant, the autumn leaf necklace, or the bird's nest in a tree branch. However, it's also represented by my use of natural stones like quartz, agate or obsidian, just to name a few. However, I can find a link even to pieces that may not be as obvious. I made a pendant that includes a wirewrapped glass cabochon with Swarovski crystals. It doesn't sound very natural but the colors I used in the piece - blue, white and gold- were inspired by the colors of the sky and the rays of the sun. The spirals I use in a piece remind me of the movement of the wind and water. This connection to nature may not always be obvious and I may not even realize how I'm being inspired by it as I'm creating!
However, it does make sense that nature would be such an influence on me. I have always been drawn to the outdoors and animals (despite my allergies) and find that I'm happiest and more at peace when I can breathe some fresh air and see something green (my favorite color). I am so glad that I designed my office space (before I even became a jewelry artist!) with lots of windows (and sunlights) and a great view of the backyard full of grass, trees and bird feeders. Sometimes, I'll even see a deer or rabbit wander by. To me it's the perfect workspace.