Monterey County Artists Open Studios Tour is coming!

I am honored to be participating in the 28th annual Monterey County Artists Open Studios Tour this year! The Elkhorn Slough Foundation will be hosting me at the Porter Ranch House on the October 6 & 7. I will be joined by two other artists at the house and we hope visitors will be inspired and excited by the various work on display. 

I'll be showing new food webs inspired by my time as an Artist in Residence at Elkhorn Slough this past Spring. I'll also have prints, cards, and other items available for sale.  

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Where to see my work in June

If you want to see my work in person, you'll have two opportunities to do so in the Santa Cruz area this month. 

First, an exhibit of my new work featuring moths and butterflies with their host plants is up at Garimo's Real Soap Studio at 6225 Highway 9 in Felton. There are several new works there and also a few perennial favorites. But this show is all Lepidoptera so if that's your jam - please swing by to check it out! Plus, the shop smells wonderful!

Also, on Saturday, June 9, I'll be participating in a pop-up show celebrating Home/Work's 3rd anniversary! The event is from 2-6 PM at their gorgeous 1100 Soquel Ave. location - right in the heart of Midtown. Come by to see some of my food webs inspired by the mountains and the sea.  

Upcoming events

On June 1, the series "Lepidoptera and Host Plants" will be on display at Garimo's Real Soap Studio in Felton, along with some other work featuring our winged friends. Please come join us for the opening from 6-9 PM. Original art, prints, coloring books, and cards will all be for sale.

about the food webs

Over the past couple of years, I have been increasingly interested in the dynamic and complex relationships between organisms in ecosystems. I started developing this series of drawings that explores these relationships.

I call these “food webs” in recognition that often, these inter-species relationships are based on who eats or is eaten by whom. I particularly like the word “web” because I think it most accurately describes how these relationships work. Traditionally, this is referred to as a “food chain” but a chain indicates only a single line of relationship where a web describes a more complex set of relationships. The idea of a web also draws attention to the fact that there are crucial connections between many organisms in an ecosystem and that the loss of even one of those organisms can impact the entire structure. 

I have chosen to arrange the organisms in these drawings in such a way that (I hope) demonstrates the complexity of those relationships. I chose the circle as the basis for the composition of these drawings in part because it helps reinforce this idea of interconnectedness. Plus it allows for some fun shapes!