I was raised by a gardener and a wood carver; both were lovers of nature. I was surrounded by the Appalachian mountains and was taught early on about the differences between perennials versus annuals and to respect and protect nature. I am a painter, a writer and am deeply curious and protective of the environment. I have an abiding love for all natural forms. This collection consists of chinoiserie-inspired gardenscapes that aim to whisk the viewer away and into fanciful flights from everyday life. My paintings are a reflection of this time as I dream of travel from my backyard. They are all 6 to 9 layers deep and filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered.