"… Plants, during the course of their lives must grapple with much the same problems as animals, including ourselves. They must fight their enemies. They have to struggle with their neighbors to claim space in which to live and gather their food. They take other organisms captive and use them for their own purposes. And they compete with one another for mates."

--David Attenborough, from The Private Life of Plants

My work has consistently incorporated sculptural forms derived from small, often overlooked species from the natural world. Much like a scientist, I collect and study fungi and plants to serve as sources of inspiration. Working in ceramics and a variety of sculptural materials (such as wool, silicone, and wire), I use stylization and exaggeration to create new abstracted forms — whether enlarging a microscopic image to human scale, or isolating a particular part of a recognizable plant or animal. Sometimes I choose my subjects based on visual interest, and meaning is revealed through the slow, repetitive process of creating the work. More often, I contemplate symbolic themes while researching the specific botanical species that I have found in my travels or even in my own backyard. Such themes include parasitic relationships, attraction and repulsion, and the rampant reproduction of plants growing out of control. These are characteristics of the plant world, but what interests me most are the ways such themes can symbolize human behavior. While embodied with naturalistic references, each sculpture seemingly evolves into its own unique form — a meticulously cultivated hybrid of sorts. Although visually diverse and in a variety of media¬¬, the forms are typically whimsical in their imaginative combinations of elements, especially color and texture.