I came to nature as a subject because it is universal. We pause to look at a flower, pick up a feather, touch a leaf or comment to a companion about a particular specimen. Nature’s beauty is fleeting and ever changing in it’s magnificence. My work speaks to the notion that everything is temporary. I look at botanical identification guides and photographs for inspiration. I work from the real, not to duplicate but interpret nature’s splendor. I try to capture the variety and essence of the real but with the outcome being a heighten reality where the viewers stops to take a second glance.