My father and his mother were hobby artist so I was always interested in art as a kid. I made the decision to pursue art while in college when I saw an art book of Gustav Klimt. I was so blown away by their beauty and attracted to the patterns. I soon got a job in an art gallery at the mall to be around art. I also worked as a framer, which is where I was introduced to paper which became my main medium. I was painting at the time and learning to draw when the papers made their way into my paintings and soon took over completely.
My work is a highly specialized form of collage that I call Paper Mosaics. It is like paint by numbers, using shape to define form. It is a meticulous process that is labor intensive. I also work on Lucite which is a transparent medium.
When I am creating a botanical collage, I am more focused on nature’s outer beauty of color, texture and forms. The butterfly is of special interest to me because it is such an iconic symbol of transformation, a key element of nature and one of Her most powerful pieces of wisdom. I also consider the human form a part of nature as well. I love exploring the terrain of a face and mapping the emotions.
The Lucite allows me to be more abstract and express the energy of nature. But, no matter the medium, or subject matter, my work is about the beauty and energy of the natural world. For me nature is a way of life, it shows me how to live in peace, gratitude and reciprocity.
My specialty is custom work. I am very good at collaborating and working within parameters for a person, space or project. I document my process for each commission and create a coffee table book for my collector about how their piece was created. This gives my collector a special experience.
A portion of all proceeds from the sale of my work are donated to environmental charities.