I draw intricate portraits of animals made up of layers of botanical and geometric patterns. My work is very detailed and involved- each piece can take upwards of fifty hours to complete, and some of the final details are so delicate that I have to draw in between breaths to keep my hands steady.


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I start by looking at the animal and letting myself see the shapes already present in their body and coloring. I love seeing how the same forms recur throughout nature- like the way the grain of a fox’s fur will often form a perfect crocus flower shape at the corners of their eyes. I then fill the shapes in with progressive layers of ornamentation.

My real challenge and inspiration is in finding the perfect point of balance between realism and abstraction. I try to use shapes and patterns that capture the animal’s form and texture, but also capture something about its spirit. For example, in my piece “Arctic Fox,” I used motifs inspired by pine cones, Fair Isle sweaters, and frost crystals; while in “Otter,” I used lots of sweeping and spiraling lines that reminded me of an otter’s graceful movements through water and playful personality. When everything comes together, drawing feels less like constructing an illusion and more like revealing a hidden world that has been there all along, in which foxes are made out of flowers.

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Arctic Fox

Barred Owl

Ursa Major & Minor

Stained Glass Fox

Otter

A Clash Of Kings

Socially Anxious Raccoon

Snow Day

Infatuated Otter

Midwinter

Hummingbird

Paper Bag Owl

Poison Dart Frog

Immature Tiger

Egyptian Scarab

Adolescelephant