Transverse Tales art opening on December 3rd

I am thrilled to announce my upcoming opening at Colorado Wine Company. My dear friend Brett (we met each other at Occidental College in 2011) invited me to show my work at his lovely wine bar and I was so happy to accept.

Transverse Tales: The spectacle of the wild animal in Los Angeles

Opening Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm

Colorado Wine Company - 2305 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

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Transverse Tales is a series of detailed and glowing illustrations featuring  animals or species in the Los Angeles area. Each drawing seeks to tell a story about a creature and its habitat, and asks the viewer to contemplate our role in the future of each animal. The drawings are habitats rendered in fascinating detail, ink and watercolor artworks that absorb the eye with a myriad of plants, animals, and insects.

It is nearly impossible to separate an animal or plant from our cultural ideas of it - human minds operate by creating symbols that transform an object into a larger idea. Animals become larger than life, become characters in a cultural narrative. One represents the danger of habitat destruction, another the hope in the face of extinction. Transverse Tales is no exception - each animal represented carries symbolism for our relationship with the natural world, and our hopes and fears for the future. However, through careful observation and research, as well as imagination, the artist strives to let a new voice emerge from each animal.

Garden Hours

Together with my friend and ceramic artist Sarah Vandersall, I curated a tiny series of charming events to celebrate being outside with plants. After a summer of hard work in my garden, it provided the most magical setting. 

We staged four events over two days. The first evening, on Thursday, August 25th, we held an opening for a sculpture installation, and a performance by Electric Sound Bath. The participating artists were Heidi Anderson, Gina Zycher, Charlotte Hildebrand, Sarah, and myself.


Electric Sound Bath, consisting of two musicians, Ang Wilson and Brian Griffith, made the most peaceful, beautiful sounds imaginable all night long. We served refreshments out of Sarah's ceramic vessels.

On Sunday, we were joined by Ash Conejo, a young herbalist who grew up roaming the hills of Santa Barbara, learning about plants from her Native American father. She brought four plants with her - milky oats, white sage, monkeyflower, and elderberries - and shared her knowledge of their medicinal uses while we all sipped on tea made from them.

Following the tea service, my friend Jeff Hutchison led us in a Bodyweather-inspired movement session. Bodyweather is a type of dance created by Japanese dancer Min Takata. Jeff spent time in Japan studying under Min on his farm. We moved, stretched, and laughed a lot.

As the sun started to sink over the garden, meditation wizardess Jessica Snow led us in a magical, contemplative guided meditation. We listened to the sound of insects in the trees, buzzing hummingbirds, gently rushing traffic, and followed her on an imaginative journey as the night fell.