“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?” -Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

Bowerbirds collect things from their environment. They build bowers, nest-like constructions, surrounding themselves with carefully arranged collections.I find that I mirror this same behavior which materializes as my art-making process. I embody a bowerbird when I collect things that creatures have left behind: old nests, opened eggshells, deceased insects.

My inspiration from these found objects manifests as subject matter for my paintings. I also use the physical objects in my work to create assemblages with painted elements. For example, I found tiny, blue eggshells and used them as color 
references to paint eggs in a bird’s nest; additionally, I used the same found eggs as the centerpiece for 
an assemblage. Birds as a subject matter, coupled with mark-making technique, culminated into a small 
flock of paintings.

My affinity for birds first began after reading Donna Tartt’s novel, The Goldfinch, which then led me to investigate the painting by Carel Fabritius of the same title that had inspired her. 
With my first study of this painting, I was fascinated by Fabritius’s ability to build a form from brushstrokes. I found that I could do the same, and began painting birds with layers of brushstrokes.

The painting technique and collected elements build upon each other, used both as subject matter and 
dimensional additions, in my paintings. Through this process, I am the bird and my paintings are the nest.