I create delicate, textured watercolor paintings of whimsical imagery inspired by landscape, nature and biology. My work is informed by an upbringing in the Palouse landscape of Eastern Washington, time spent abroad in Ecuador and Australia, and a passion for education and community development. I work in watercolor painting using synthetic Yupo paper which allows me to manipulate the watercolor after it has dried to create surface texture. The playful, semi-abstract imagery I use is derived mostly from free-association drawing and “doodling” which brings out specific forms that I repeat and re-mutate over and over. These organic “characters” are mostly inspired by our everyday nature (trees, seed pods, stones) but are also often interpreted as microscopic (bacteria or DNA, or neural transmitters) or macroscopic (constellations, galaxies, or nebulae). The addition of man-made architectural elements such as bricks and ladders hints at tensions and similarities between the things we build, and the things we are built of.