I have always drawn animals as they are a center point and balance to my life. As a young child I spoke very late and enjoyed the company of cats and dogs more than peers. I loved finding frogs and toads in the creeks and woods of Trumansburg and Ithaca in Upstate New York.
When I moved to the West Coast, I was impressed by the variety of animals and started painting them. The environment became increasingly present in my work after the birth of my daughter Cecile, which focused my attention on the environmental issues she and future generations will experience.
Folktales and myths have always been integral to my understanding of the world. Overtime, hybrid creatures and genetic engineering have blended with the mythological images of my childhood and I find myself drawing connections – the web of life to environment, food production, and the planet.