Employing my growing knowledge of birds, I aim to inspire people to develop a deeper respect and admiration for nature. My work is infused with passion, delight, and playfulness resulting in a new visual language, that is less scientific and more approachable by all ages. My aim is to co-opt common species around us all in order to tell not only the tales of the birds depicted, but also to share stories of our own plight as humans. My appropriation of nature's beauty is part of a long lineage of artists who were drawn to painting birds to both tell their own stories and relate them to their audience. In the same spirit of John James Audubon, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and Ray Harm, I have learned that even my most objective works cannot avoid the influences of my location and time in history they were painted. My goal is to also be considered as a part of that lineage.