Inspired by the Blue Headed Motmot from the rainforests of Costa Rica, this series is a celebration of birds, of natural life, of all life living freely and in harmony.
On the last trip I took before the Covid-19 pandemic, I had the great fortune to visit a nature preserve and meet a bird whisperer named Giovanni who could call birds, uncover wondrous frogs, and spot sloths high up in the canopy. Ten percent of all sales from this series go to support his sanctuary, which has lost all income due to the pandemic.
My earliest memories are of homesteading on our family farm, where I learned how to use the materials in nature to create art, and where the landscape was often my subject matter. These influences have lead me to feature trees prominently in my work, directly or indirectly, including work that uses slices of trees as a substrate, print making of logs, and photograph trees and the recreation of lichens, which often grow on trees.
I achieve this using encaustic medium and paint, photography, textiles, Japanese papers, and found objects to make harmony of my world and communicate thoughts and emotions.
I’ve studied many mediums and continue to be a voracious learner, pursuing an independent study, self-directed “MFA” exploring a wide variety of medium including natural dye making, mosaics, printmaking, macro photography, and sewing. It is my goal to use whatever technique or medium can achieve my vision of illuminating nature and inspiring others to cherish the natural world.