I like travel, drawing, hiking, and blowing glass.
I don’t like writing “about me” pages, because every time I return I sound really pompous to myself.
I’m married to an awesome, mad-scientist type of man named Dustin. He’s at once my muse and grounding agent. As long as I make art that he likes, I know I’m going the right direction. After living in Florida for much too long, we abandoned everything we knew in Florida and moved out to Portland, Oregon. We didn’t even know what was out there, except that the city had several very tall mountains all within 100 miles of it – and that 2 hours away you could find a desert. Oh, and that Burning Man is a wee bit closer there than it is to Florida.
I like to use black ball-point gel pens, .2 and .3 mm, to draw. I’ve often used Rapidographs, sometimes Micron 005s, but gel pens are sheer joy. The pen actually moves where your hand tells it to go, never scratching or catching on the paper. For color I use Leningrad watercolors, watercolor inks, and Prismacolor markers. For my digital works, I take all the photos (except public domain space and electron microscopy images) and montage ‘em together. I have a vast library of photos just waiting to be dissected.
I like to make my artwork detailed, because when I was very small my grandma took me to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. There, we sat for a very, very long time in front of one of the dioramas. The longer we looked at it, the more we’d discover – a mouse, an insect, a lizard – all meticulously arranged to make the scene a slice of the forest. Most settings in the world contain that baroque level of detail, if only we look hard enough – and I think that it’s important to pay close attention to the world around you, not just the objects that are intentionally designed to catch one’s attention.