Why am I an artist?I'm passionate about inspiring people to use their imagination and rediscover that charm and whimsy from their childhood that made them really happy. I feel true joy when people share with me that my creations have connected them with their spirit animal.
The real nit and grit of it is that being an artist is the only way I know how to be. My imagination runs wild and all I hope is that I have enough time in the day to make it all happen!
What art do I make?I create a whole world of art, from Renaissance-style oil painting to very cute, cuddly toys. I'm always evolving and creating different series of works, incorporating new methods of expression into sculptures, paintings, costumes, marionettes, furnishings and animation.
What inspires my art?Imagination is an ecological force. I'm giving a voice to many creatures that don't always have someone to speak for them - to creatures that need someone to advocate for them. People have told me that having my art in their lives transforms their curiosity into a heartfelt protectiveness about these creatures. They become more aware of how their lifestyle decisions may affect the livelihood of these animals.
Receiving your support continues that gift of compassion for endangered wildlife. Together we will inspire enthusiastic curiosity in younger generations.
Your contributions help me do what I love.By becoming a patron, you help me advocate for more animals. My sculptures and paintings take so much more time to make than what most people can afford to pay for them. By being a patron, you help to fill in the gaps so I can live to make my work. My goal is to create larger, monumental pieces that speak to more people. Your contributions will make it possible to acquire materials and studio space to create these new visions.
When I start something new, I usually do a lot of sketches, tests and prototypes that I post on my Patreon blog. Patreon is the forum that I use to post my process videos where you can see how I do stuff! Patrons are able to ask me directly about my process and get insider tidbits about materials, concepts and techniques.