I was raised in the woods. I grew up out-of-doors, as the daughter of a national park ranger. My father began taking me to Conservationist meetings when I was three. From my earliest scribblings, my artwork was recreation of that environment. I am now working on the purposeful creation of environments that invite people to come in and interact rather than merely observe. This may take the form of a temporary installation in a park that requires a team to create or involve living things which must be tended. I like sharing my joy of observation from the inside, giving the viewer the opportunity to become a part of the environment.
Being raised in the national parks by a biologist gave me an unusual upbringing. My first playmates were invertebrates. My father shared his love of the natural world. Interacting insects and spiders is second nature to me. I have always been most fascinated with spiders. My lifelong study of their work is reflected in my series "Spiderhomes". Each web I create is inspired by my study of a real spider web. No two are alike, and they are site-specific works designed to fit the space in which they are installed. Spiderwebs are not merely snares, they are homes. A spider creates from scratch the environment in which it thrives. I hope you enjoy entering the world I have observed for all of my life.