About Us

Paul and Lesley Shilling currently live in Encinitas, California. A native of New York, Paul received a B.A. from Cornell University in Psychology and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Neurosciences from University California, San Diego. Paul is a Research Scientist in the Psychiatry Department at UCSD investigating the brain mechanisms underlying schizophrenia and the antipsychotic drugs used to treat this brain disease. He developed his passion for photography as a graduate student and found that this art form perfectly complemented the highly logical thinking used in his research.

Lesley, California born and bred, received her B.S. in Special Education from Clarion University in Clarion, PA and she earned her MS in School Counseling in 1990. She was a teacher for 35 years and most recently worked with learning disabled students at a magnet school for the arts in North San Diego County. Lesley began making jewelry in 2002 and is continually evolving as a jewelry maker. Now retired, she can devote much more time to creating jewelry.

Paul specializes in nature and travel photography. One of his goals is to provide novel perspectives of natural subjects. He has exhibited his award winning photography in local shows and competitions. His images have been published in the book, San Diego’s North County Coast: A Photographic Portrait and in Nature’s Best magazine.

Lesley uses all natural materials in her jewelry and is constantly experimenting with polymer clay. She specializes in ethnic and contemporary styles. Lesley has exhibited her jewelry in several local shows, as well as the gift shop of the San Diego Museum of Art, and other venues.