“I want people to see the beauty around them in native habitats, but also to understand that these are more than just pretty plants. They are the basis of life support for all wildlife, from native bees to mountain lions. With more habitat being destroyed every year, it’s vital that backyards move towards supporting wildlife. My hope is that my paintings draw people in because of their vibrance, color, composition and technique, but then as the viewer takes a closer look, I want them to start asking questions about it. Appreciation and the desire to care for something usually starts with an initial attraction that is often hard to explain. My art aims to create that moment for the viewer.”