I am a botanist, artist, environmental activist, and ecological educator. My work and research reflect my lifelong interest in the connections between humans, earth processes, and plant diversity. I am a second-generation ceramicist, and my infatuation with geology and earth’s surface processes heavily influence my work. Through the use of naturally occurring pigments and wild clays, I replicate the feeling and mystery of the places I hold dear and the geological curiosities of earth. As a student of botany, I am passionate about botanical conservation and fascinated by plant diversity, especially when viewed through the lens of soil morphologies. I hope to honor the ways humans have interacted with and understood plants over the millennia, and address the ways contemporary humans cause environmental harm through disconnect. I aim to tread lightly over the lands where I am a guest. Through environmental art, my aim is to spread messages about plant diversity and the impacts of our changing climate. Through ceramic vessels deeply rooted to place, I aim to connect people to the awe and wonder of natural places while providing vessels for solace, connection, and care during an era of environmental collapse.
Botany, although colonial in nature and rooted in problematic beginnings, is an important tool for balancing human existence and the natural world. Traditional botanical knowledge can both be integrated back into contemporary society and honored for the ways it is already interwoven, and accessible, intersectional, and digestible science communication is imperative in our times of rapid, critical environmental change. Because indigenous communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and biodiversity loss, it is important that those with access to science and the ability to communicate scientific issues speak up.
I create vessels to transport you to the rocky ridges and deep canyons, and blend simple, place-based teas and formulas to assist the ephemeral journey. This also emphasizes the radical importance of self-care and ecological belonging. I collect pigments from soils at the foot of the vegetation and, creating traditional paints, illustrate the plant communities found there. This also underscores what anthropogenic destruction leaves vulnerable and the diversity that is at stake. Behind all this, I am always studying, broadening and deepening my ecological understanding, and working towards greater direct conservation actions and public engagement. Through photography, I use images to bear witness to our changing, collapsing, growing, melting, burning, evolving world. We move through the landscape as it moves through us, the elements integral and interwoven. By bearing witness to this, I hope to encourage engagement, education, and movement into action. Connecting to shared traditional interactions with plants and nature is critical in reconstructing resilience. If we don't know what's out there, or the possibilities we are capable of to experience it, how can we know what we stand to lose?
I hold great value in the teaching and continual studying of ecology, botany, and wilderness-based self-care as a form of environmental conservation. This practice of resilience is rooted in the love of the natural world and believing that the connection with nature and mental health are reciprocal of one other and need to be more accessible. My work as a field biologist and botanist has taken me throughout the Mojave Desert, Alaska, Northern Idaho, the Oregon Cascade, and Wyoming, and I have taught desert plant ID in the Joshua Tree area. I'm trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and have studied herbal medicine in various contexts. I constantly question the academic educational complex, but I’ve been privileged to use it as a tool to dig deeper. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Sculpture and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, focused in Conservation Botany + Plant Ecology. I would not be where I am today without my start at the College of the Desert with in an Associates of Science in Desert Ecology. I am beginning my Masters of Science in Botany this fall.