Gilbert draws inspiration from nature and the beauty which abounds on California’s Northcoast. Lush redwood forests, rugged ocean coastline, wildlife in all its exquisite variety are reflected in the designs of his unique ceramics and one-of-a- kind jewelry pieces. In addition, his rich hispanic heritage can be seen in his use of many images from Mexico such as his Dia de los Muertos tiles. Gilbert began his artistic career as a reconnaisance photographer in the Air Force during which time he traveled extensively in the Pacific. He realized early on that there was something very special in the creation of lasting images reflecting the world around us, and how we relate to nature.