This embroidered tree came from my memory of huge black walnut trees I saw as a child. Arizona's native black walnut tree (Juglans major) grows up to 50 feet tall in elevations ranging from 2600 to 6500 feet. The walnuts are edible and were traditionally harvested by Native Americans.
As a visual artist, I strive to represent the beauty of the natural world as it is seen and felt. I draw upon both representational and abstract techniques, finding particular joy in the drama of color. Through the medium of silk painting, I illustrate flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, taking inspiration from my own adventures in southern Arizona.
Through an online visual arts exhibit of my silk paintings I will provide a creative catalogue of some of my favorite plants in and around Tucson. Each painting will be labeled with a list of plants that appear in the painting. Of course, plants don't exist alone, so alongside them I will also list the animals which appear. Each painting will also have a short description about the specific locale which inspired the illustration, including places like Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park East, Madera Canyon, and more.
Juniper and Jaguar
In this silk painting, a jaguar walks quietly through a desert wash where alligator juniper grows gnarled yet graceful. Note the tiled bark of the juniper, which looks like alligator skin! Alligator juniper grows in the lower elevations of sky island mountain ranges throughout southern Arizona. These "sky island" mountains rise up from the desert floor, and they host a diversity of flora and fauna in their ecosystems, which range from desert grasslands to pine forests!