This piece was a commission. I was contacted by a jade enthusiast about making a bead strand out of different jades (nephrite/jadeite) from around the world. He asked for a cicada and two black beetles as the center pieces. I loved making and rediscovering all the different jades I have. I enjoyed working to his vision.
Some artists give the impression they only want to work their own ideas. I don’t see it like that, there is so much space for an inspiration overlap between a clients idea and my execution of it. Sometimes there is conflict if your visions are incompatible (they want you to make a piece in another carvers style or of a subject you have no interest in) but often you end up with a unique fusion.