I draw hundreds of tiny silhouettes and use them to make one large image depicting the native wildlife around me.
I am on a mission to explore the variety of California’s native wildlife one hummingbird or salamander at a time. I love seeing people’s delight when they discover that the large silhouette is full of other animals. I get to surprise them further when I tell them that there are no repeats, each animals is a unique species.
I draw hundreds of tiny silhouettes and use them to make one big image like a puzzle. I love learning about native wildlife and enjoy putting my meticulous mind to work to make the best designs I can. I want people to see more closely the diversity of wildlife who share the planet with us.
My path to making nature silhouette art might never have started if I had not been taking a walk on that fortuitous morning in June of 2014. I was astonished to see a bright orange bird on a neighborhood feeder. Orange birds are not common in Northern California so I had to look it up in a birding book. It was that migrating Bullock's Oriole that peaked my interest in the native birds of California.
As an artist, I love how silhouettes can tell you so much about a bird - the beak, the wings, the feet and tail. The Mallard Duck, Anna's Hummingbird and, of course, the California Quail are unmistakable in silhouette.
I am forever grateful that I get to make art inspired by nature that people can use to help support my family.