Before converting to art I studied science. I spent several years studying microbiology and ecology. I worked in a laboratory studying behavioral evolution; I spent summers researching diversity in wetlands. My background in biology strongly influences my works content. I am especially attracted to the micro cosmos and organisms that challenge our notion of reality. Some organisms are so unbelievable and fantastical that they are abstract art. I wonder why the unfamiliar is so unbelievable. I use sculpted paper, mixed media collage, ink, gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on paper to create layered, interacting environments, mimicking the complexity and fragility of our natural world.