I come from a family of bookbinders, scratch bakers, carpenters, and machinists. Not artists in the academic sense, but people that taught me about the craftsmanship, creative problem solving, and the grit that it takes to create something that you in turn share with the world. I carry this lineage with me proudly and my artistic process honors this legacy.
I have always had a deep love of nature and animals in particular. The animals that are represented in my work are there because, in some way, they have enriched my life or hold a very personal meaning to me. As subject matter, the animals serve a symbolic purpose to the message that I wish to convey, however I also take great care to represent the beauty and spirit of each animal.