The driving themes in my work are simplicity and a deep love of the natural world. I find myself returning to these themes time and again. When I am in nature I feel inspired by its beauty to create art. I strive to emulate the simplicity of designs found in nature. I use rich earthy tones, curvilinear patterns and images of plants, rocks and animals my work. Sometimes my work takes a political tone and speaks out against the destruction and disregard of nature. Through my work I hope that others will begin to notice the world we live in, and to see it in different light. I want people to see the beauty around us, to respect it and learn to preserve it.
My media of choice are photography and fibers. I love the tactile nature of fabrics. They have always drawn me in, inviting me to explore and appreciate their rich textures. I find that the variety of fabric textures is a fantastic way to express natural textures; rough burlap and smooth organza easily correlate to tree bark and water. The visual textures that my photographs imply are enhanced by the physical textures of the fabrics that I print them onto and place them with in my work.
Through my photography, I document my travels with an artistic perspective. I feel that photography is particularly appropriate in conveying my ideas because it is the only media that can so accurately portray the natural world. My photographs are the literal aspects of my work; they allow me to clearly express a concept and expound upon it with fabric. Fiber arts are a perfect complement to photography because my images may be printed onto fabric and seamlessly integrated into a piece.