I find magic in making things that are beautiful and the many ways in which my art practice and my science practice overlap and guide each other.
I work primarily in watercolors; sometimes acrylics, oils, pencil, and pen.
I participated as both a geologist and an artist in Incendiary Traces: Survey to Surveillance, a project led by Hillary Mushkin examining representations of landscapes at the US-Mexico border from political, artistic, and scientific perspectives. This work was prepared for the COLA exhibition at the LA Municipal Art Gallery and featured in Places Journal and a SCI-Arc film. It is currently being shown at MoCA Tucson.
A collaboration with Ian Etter, Blueshift explored the history of microbiology and search for life in the solar system with both visual (drawings) and performance (storytelling) art. It was exhibited at the PRACTICE Gallery in Philadelphia, and documented as an artists’ book.
For my undergraduate thesis I did a science illustration project on the chemical origins of life with mixed media paintings in the style of a Medieval illuminated manuscript. Selected artwork from Stardust was shown at the Centrum Gallery at Hampshire College and as part of an Art of Science exhibition at the Red Door Café at Caltech and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.