In my work I try to explore how we as humans view nature. I'm interested in the relationship between attraction and repulsion what is familiar and what is alien. Creating animals that have opposing characteristics allows me to experiment with the associations we have with nature. I make each animal as full of texture and detail as possible so as to render the animal as complete and fully realized as it can be. My focus is on color transitions and relationships between different types of textures and mark making so that each animal almost contains an ecosystem within its' own body. By combining the anatomy of different animals and creating my own invented anatomy I'm exploring my own sensibility and what I find most intriguing about nature.