Jury - 2020 CHESTER COUNTY STUDIO TOUR
I have always been inspired by nature and its expressions in the landscape. With an academic background in horticulture and anthropology, I have spent many years studying the ways that humans use plants for food, fiber, medicine -- and in my case, for art, decoration, beauty and healing. I have been creating and selling mixed media botanical collages using handmade and painted papers with botanical specimens that I collect, press, preserve and enhance using a unique process since 2006. My work has expanded into a line of botanical collage jewelry and most recently ecoprinted wearable art. I have exhibited at many regional art shows and have my work in shops, museums and galleries throughout North America; my designs have also been featured in catalogs. Always searching for pattern and repetition in nature, I am selective about the botanicals that I use in any of my mediums; careful attention to detail and composition give my work an element of distinction. A whimsical interpretation of nature is a golden thread running through each design. I hope that my works inspires people to observe nature more closely, and reflect upon their relationship with it.