When I analyze an object I don’t simply recreate what people see with the naked eye, I study beyond the surface. Having a very detail oriented personality my journey began when I found an interest looking deep inside the human body. Starting at an early age, I found the body to be very mysterious. I always wanted to know more about what we consist of. In 2015 when I was conducting my research, thats when inspiration struck. I came across the most interesting photo of bacteria in the form of microscopic cellular imagery. I was in awe of how something so awful was so exquisite, and from that moment I started incorporating biological forms into my work.
The second element of my work derives from nature, something that I discovered when I began traveling outside of my home state of Arizona. Traveling and experiencing new places really impacted me creatively. I was most inspired by plants I saw in the Pacific Northwest and coral reefs in Florida. Having my sketchbook and camera in hand, I was able to gather and record information that would ultimately find its way into my work. This process has given opportunity to broaden my visual vocabulary and allow me to integrate the organic and natural forms I had personally observed.
Through much trial and error, I became confident in integrating the details of nature and biology together as one. Every mark has a specific purpose and placement. In my work I use a combination of mixed media such as ink, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, metallic paint, metal leaf, imitation gold mica flakes, and embroidery to best express my vision.