Forest Grove, OR
My love for both art and nature was nurtured from the time I was very young. Growing up in northern California, I was able to gather collections of everything from rocks to butterflies, which later became the inspiration for my drawings and paintings. The time I spent in the forest was a very special part of my young life; family trips to our cabin in the Sierra Nevada mountains were times of great joy and discovery. The natural world gave me treasures of feathers, mosses, cones, and stones that I gathered from the forest floor.
It was during my years at Humboldt State University that I discovered the wonderful and diverse world of fungi. The towering Redwood forest is home to over 400 different species. Their amazing diversity and design continue to fuel my creativity and inspire my work.