Born in California, USA, Jaya moved to Berne, Switzerland with her family in 1972. After studying Mechanical Engineering in Zurich and travelling in Asia she moved to the US and studied Botany, Biology and Art at Santa Barbara City College. From 1987-88 she had an apprenticeship in sculpture restoration at Cloverleaf Studios in Santa Barbara, California.
In 1988 she moved to Italy and became a full time artist. Since then she has been showing internationally and participated in many international sculpture symposiums.
Her work can be found in public and private collections in the USA, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England, Taiwan, China, South Korea and Africa.
She is currently based in Italy and works out of her Studio Pescarella in Pietrasanta, near Carrara.
Jaya's works are often very tactile.
"Learning to carve was like finally finding the right words to say what I need to say. Whatever that is, it comes from a place much deeper and less accessible than where words come from.”