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Watercolors of Florida native plants and animals
I'm also a member of the Viridis Art Collective, our website is here.
As a watercolorist in South Florida, my passion is to celebrate local native plants and animals. I combine scientific illustration with fine art, often focusing on the relationships between species. I enjoy learning about and painting everything from the well-loved Florida panther to the inconspicuous lawn “weed”. I'm also interested in how art intersects with environmental conservation in Florida and I enjoy working with others on projects with conservation goals.
Growing up in South Florida I fell in love with nature but was alarmed at the fast rate of habitat destruction in my area and state-wide. Art became a way for me to feel connected with the natural world when access to habitats became sparce. 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 I began to focus my practice entirely on local plants and animals. I wanted to see if and how my art could play a role in larger conservation efforts, so I experimented with presenting my art in various formats and in collaborative projects. I started by creating zines (tiny magazines), then interactive installations and even wrote facts about the plants and animals directly into my paintings, but the projects I made in collaborations with conservation groups have been the most exciting for me. I have made illustrations for coloring books, trail signs, maps, logos, trail guides and other resources. I found that I love to work with others and I love when my work can contribute to conservation in some way.
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