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Watercolors of Florida native plants and animals

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I'm also a member of the Viridis Art Collective, our website is here.

As a watercolorist in South Florida, my goal is to celebrate and support the urgent conservation of local native plants, animals, from the well-loved Florida panther to the inconspicuous “weed” in your lawn that is a host plant to 4 native butterflies. I combine the hyper realism and whole system representation of scientific illustration, with an equal focus on the goals of fine art, including the use of medium, color and composition theories in the creation of visual interest. I consider my enjoyment and interest in local nature to be the first step of my process. I believe that art is like marketing for nature, and is an important part of the lattice of conservation work. 

I live and work between Delray Beach and Kendall. I practiced drawing and acrylic painting as a child, then oil painting and traditional printmaking during my BFA in Painting at FAU; graduating in 2016. After an injury shortly after graduating I took up watercolor painting, learning via online classes, and have been using the medium ever since. In 2016, alarmed by the fast rate of habitat destruction in South Florida, I began to focus on conservation issues and painting Florida native plants and animals to celebrate and educate people about them. My interest in art’s role in local ecological education led me to experiment with various formats, delivery systems and collaborations. I've created zines (tiny magazines), interactive installations and even included writings directly into my paintings. In collaboration with conservation groups, I have made illustrations for coloring books, trail signs, maps, logos, trail guides and other resources. Some past and current interests are empowering the urban planting of native species to support wildlife, the preservation of pine rocklands habitat and the preservation of the range of the Florida panther.  
 
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