I create works that push the limits of representational art to emphasize the brilliant colors, contrasts and details we find amongst the flora and fauna in nature.
Many of my favorite subjects are inspired by personal encounters and/or a deep admiration for the unique characteristics of a species; drawing attention to threatened species is also something I strive for in the works I create.
Since a very early age, I have been deeply inspired by our natural world; especially animals and the interrelationships of biological communities. Once I was introduced to the world of birdwatching, I became completely immersed and birds are ultimately what motivated me to return to my art, after a 20-year hiatus.
Although my work varies, central theme is to bring joy to and illustrate the beauty, awe and uniqueness of living organisms to the viewing audience.
As someone who primarily draws, using colored pencils are a perfect medium to capture the bright colors and patterns we find in nature. Viewing subjects similarly as a photographer might, I use my ability to exaggerate contrasting areas of light/dark, along with layering to create depth and texture. Furthermore, discovering the fluidity and more looseness style of water media has played a wonderful complement to the highly detailed and tight line work of my drawings. I’m currently experimenting with various mixed media to create a balance of the two styles.
In spirit, I am a true naturalist, one who walks through life closely observing and listening to what surrounds me and strives to learn about and educate others on what I see.
Professionally, I have worked as a National Park Service Ranger in Grand Teton NP, an environmental and outdoor educator, science teacher and veterinary nurse. I currently work for the Institute for Applied Ecology as a Project Manager for the Sagebrush in Prisons Project.
Currently residing and creating in Boise, ID.