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My body of work is inspired by the quiet me, and experiences of my childhood. Heavy feelings, made brighter by watching animals enjoy life, encouraged by the fun and silliness of them.
As a child, I spent weekends visiting my mother at work, employed as a zookeeper and aquarium show diver. I became fascinated early on with animal behavior, and carried pockets full of doodles around, as I imagined these animals as my chit chat friends. I spent many of my younger years pretending they could hear me. As a painter, I have tried to express the lightness these relationships offered, creating playful and sometimes just silly paintings.
I hope viewers will simply enjoy my work, and have a smile. While the care and humane tretament of animals is extremely important to me, I hope the fun and happiness in my work can encourage the care and attention to animal welfare.
(A story I heard.. from my Mom once.*) A man died and went to Heaven. he had a few questions, and in one he asked "but why did you let all those animals suffer?"
and God replied,"I left them in your care"