It is hard to say when I began to draw. As a child, each day would present itself to me as a brand new illustrated fantasy. I embraced figures of animals and people alike and often placed them in relationships, since the joining of the two has always been the most precious for me. I would delight in those fleeting moments of connection: the touch of a pup sniffing my fingertips and gazing into my eyes, a bird forgetting fear and perching to feed from my outreached hand, or a chipmunk scooting around my feet collecting seeds. In instances such as these, there is a magical opening of space, silence and simplicity that is suddenly brought to unity and shared. This is what I was most drawn to, perhaps somewhat subconsciously when younger, and now consciously and passionately as it is this pure quality of experience and sharing that most influences my artwork. Moments of excitement, connection, humor, joy and as I grew and experienced, grief and sorrow too. Animals portray a welcoming and complete willingness to experience life in all its stages. I’ve always found this contagious.