The building blocks of the natural world are endlessly interesting. No ocean or forest is bereft of ideas. I am drawn to organic "stuff" and spend my time gathering, dismantling, and innovating with things I find. Whether it is the grace of a vine's curve, the architecture of a conch shell, the brocade surface of a sea urchin, or the cascading nature of amaranth, the intrinsic properties of my medium take the creative lead. I reach for the asymmetrical, the imperfect, the corroded, and decomposed. Those are the makings of good stories. My work does not preach. Nature is the text and a full-fledged collaborator.