“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl
There are roughly 950,000 species of insects on this planet at this very moment. These make up 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects currently crawling all around us. We squish them, swat them, poison them, zap them and in some cultures, eat them. But how many of us, really take the time to look closely at these creatures and appreciate their hidden beauty? Insects are the direct food source for many reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibians. They help break down waste, dead animals and plants and are vital to the survival of our planet. Without them the world as we know it would be extremely different.
These pieces feature real insects from all over the globe, manipulated using mixed media to reveal the complex nature of these intricate creatures, and explore what elements makes each individual bug so striking.
Growing up in London, England, I was heavily influenced by my surroundings and artistic family. Particularly my mother and grandmother, who would always teach me new ways to work and encourage anything creative. I decided to further my studies as a teenager and graduated with a degree in Art History at the University of Nottingham in 2011. In the same year, I made the move to Whistler BC, where I have lived ever since. It is through my love of mountains and love of art that I have been able to call this place home and continue to do what I love best, create art and explore the outdoors.