Being human is wild

I was born and raised in Florida, and spent much of my childhood doodling, reading, and exploring nature (still do!). I love to create with my hands, and my curiosity spans many mediums – from painting and photography to music and writing. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida in 2013, and have worked as a creative entrepreneur for the last 9 years. I was a professional tattoo artist for 5 of those years, after which I delved into creating art workshops, vending my craftwork at community events, and facilitating art activities for kids. I’ve exhibited art at venues across Tampa and St. Petersburg, and on the bodies of hundreds of imaginative people. I currently live in Palm Harbor, and work as a commercial mural painter.

My work focuses on connection – to oneself, to the Earth, to each other, and to the sublime force of Love that links us all. In exploring these connections, I’ve found hope and healing. My biggest inspiration has always been nature – both our human nature and the diverse environments surrounding us. I am fascinated by the wisdom and beauty I find within these intricate ecosystems, especially through the lens of the regenerative cycle of birth, growth, decay, death, and rebirth. I am continually reminded that we humans are as much a part of nature as the birds and streams, and deep within us lies this remembrance of how to live in harmony with the world around us. Whether it be through quiet reflection near beloved trees, or in the flowing movements of dance, or while constructing a shadow box, I am ever-exploring the wildness of my inner and outer landscapes.

As musician and activist Nina Simone says, “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times.” At this precarious ecological and societal moment, I believe that deepening our connections to each other and the planet are paramount. It is also why using sustainable materials is so important to me. In my artwork, I utilize primarily found objects, recycled and secondhand supplies, ethically-sourced flora and fauna, and even trash. This allows me to creatively reimagine what usually gets discarded or overlooked, and draws attention to the importance of creating responsibly. Creativity has the power to build community and reimagine what’s possible. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing poets and printmakers and artists of all kinds, who are building bridges to each other by creating spaces where we can co-create together. I am inspired by libraries, free skools, zine fests, and mutual aid centers, all of which share a common vision of shared resources and freedom of expression.

I believe that every single being is a powerful creator. Beyond art, creativity spans every aspect of our lives. It is the act of bringing ideas and dreams to life – something from nothing. Which, to me, is magic. So whatever your magic is, I hope you keep dreaming and keep creating, because the world needs it.

I really appreciate your support, and I’m glad to cross paths with you on the journey…

Big Gratitude,