“I have enjoyed making beautiful things all my life. As a small boy I saw my father doing things that he loved, one of which was making jewelry. He would take me and my little brother with him. In one room we learned to paint and draw from the artists that were in the studio, in the other he would melt gold or silver for his next creation. To this day I remember this time as some of the happiest days of my childhood”. As a young man, Reyes attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where his understanding of art was greatly broadened. He also studied at the Chicago Bauhaus Academy, where he developed an understanding of the finer aspects of woodworking. His formal training and years of dedication to his craft have allowed him to find the point where nature breathes through the form.
Reyes places great importance on creating jewelry that demonstrates a deep appreciation for our natural world. To create his work, he re-purposes salvaged wood, which functions as a reminder of the past, present, and future. His work is hand formed using a cold bend process and is finished with all-natural beeswax. Reyes is dedicated to preserving Nature’s infinite beauty.