“I grew up on a farm in western North Carolina. I spent many afternoons there collecting little odds and ends that I found on our land like bird nests, feathers, interesting clumps of dirt, moss, leaves, bones, fur, twigs, bugs, and other tiny things. I continue that tradition of collecting and gathering in my paintings and line of resin jewelry today. My work combines painted scenes and organic found ephemera with resin. Each piece is individually hand painted with toothpicks, brushes, and pens, embedded in thick layers of resin, then cut and polished into delicate, dreamlike 3-D landscapes populated by birds, bears, foxes and other creatures.
I also really like and am often inspired by: Birds and ornithology, dioramas, road trips, trails, botany, reliquaries, old maps, iconography, miniatures, landscapes, weather, tea, snow, tundra, autumn, dirt, ancient history, old-fashioned things, relics, owl pellets, old photos, geology, small mammals, the Puget Sound, dreams, Indian art, and fires…“