I have from earliest memory created portraits of beloved animal friends, and spent a great deal of time watching and learning about the insects, animals, and plants living their lives alongside ours in the landscape and in our homes. In my younger days, I strove for artistic precision. Realism was a way for me to pay homage to, learn about, and feel connected to nature and our fellow travelers on the planet. As I have grown older, my appreciation and admiration of other living creatures as distinct individuals has deepened and I have become less focused on smooth realism, and instead find myself drawn to the rhythms and textures suggested by fur, scale, and whiskers. These movements help me to describe the energy I feel exists between animals and their environment, and the joy I feel in their presence. My favorite media is acrylic paint applied in many layers, including varnish on wood, embellished with glitter and metal leaf.