Ever since I was a child I have had a relentless curiosity for the natural world and science at large. When I wasn't buried in piles of books or drawing, I would often spend many hours outside gazing in awe at the stars above, attempting to comprehend the incomprehensible - the endless expanse of the night and the origins of such sparkling light in the void. This sense of wonder was extended to nearer surroundings - I relished all landscapes, the transient washes of color and light from the great, leaping, lucent sun and the continuous blinking of the moon. Beyond observable nature, I have often contemplated inner worlds, how we are what we are and how we are connected to everything else on this planet. It is only natural to go further, to consider what we all might have in common. I'm keen to observe animals behaving naturally in their environments and to really see them as they are, at their most alive. Evolution has generated a dizzying range of variations to appreciate, but ones own nature takes it even further. I love what I discover and especially the feeling of what lies just at the edge of what I do understand - a whole universe of coiled mystery waiting to be unraveled. Being conscious and curious is the most incredible thing!
So many creatures have a fearsome reputation that interferes with the public's understanding of their true character - snakes, spiders, etc. The beings that ought to have so much more respect because of their actual cleverness, conservative and calculated temperament and incredibly refined skills are openly butchered and abused. We are finally at a point in human history where there are few excuses to be ignorant to the possibility of a peaceful coexistence with these creatures. I'm so lucky to have been enlightened in this way, I used to be stupidly fearful of spiders, and overcoming that has given me a great understanding of the reasons the average person feels justified in murdering animals that would never choose to inflict harm upon them unless provoked. One of my greatest goals in life is to help others see the beauty in the 'beasts', to learn to experience real love for the unloved. A society that learns to embrace truth is an empowered and improved one! I hope that my art can be practical, a conversation starter for all kinds of people that might encounter it or even a tribute to the might and majesty of life, energy and matter in all its varied forms.
The wilderness and its inhabitants inspire, I am compelled to create! For the longest time I have been told to offer my creations for purchasing, so I am finally doing that now. :D
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