Fine line drawing, watercolor and gouache painting
For me, art has always been about my connection to the natural world. It is a way to zoom into the details of the earth that are easy to overlook if you are moving too quickly. It can even be a meditative practice because in the realm of focused creation, the mind stills to the quiet contemplation of each tree branch, each wispy cloud, each flower petal. One of my biggest inspirations is the cyclical nature of the seasons––things will grow, they’ll flourish, and eventually they’ll die and return to the earth, only to be reborn when the cycle resets. This continually changing landscape is not only visually exciting, but it has a grounding effect. I have always sought to create art that mirrors the natural world, and offer my interpretation of what I am seeing. Symbolism--from the medicinal properties of plants to the stories of folklore and myths--is likewise often integral to how I create concepts for artwork. Although my primary focus is on drawing and painting, the many different art forms I love all inform one other. Botanical illustration studies teach me patience in paying attention to small details; photography teaches me principles of light and shadow, composition, and how beautifully the human form can become a part of a landscape; and writing offers a different way to explicitly bring in my own lived experience. My personal art aspirations range from further developing my technical skill, to eventually wanting to write and illustrate a children's book. As an artist I also aspire to use my art to connect people with their own creativity, and stimulate (or awaken!) a connection to nature in all of its beauty and complexity.