I met Mrs. Faber at a Society of North American Goldsmiths conference (SNAG) when I was a 3yr year graduate candidate in the MFA program at the University of Illinois. Patricia was leading a portfolio review and critically reviewed my creative work. I remember being thrilled and terrified that a gallery of this caliber would agree to give discerning insight on becoming a practicing studio jeweler.

Upon graduation, I was asked to be an emerging artist lecturer at SOFA Chicago and needed representation at the SOFA exhibition. Aaron Faber agreed to represent my work — that was 11 years ago! I have consistently been invited to participate in exciting exhibitions at the gallery and my work has been included at SOFA Chicago and SOFA NYC since our meeting.

I am honored to be part of their 40th Anniversary Retrospective. I have always been extremely appreciative that Patricia Faber agreed to take the leap on an emerging artist that was making unconventional large scale painted copper brooches. Since 2003, my creative work has been exclusively represented by Aaron Faber in NYC.

Brooke Marks-Swanson