I have been obsessed with arts and crafts all of my life. Since 1995 I have devoted most of that energy to tattoos of the natural world. In 2004, I helped found Diving Swallow Custom Tattoo where I live in Oakland, California. I am deeply inspired by my fellow female and gender queer artists at Diving Swallow and love the diverse and creative community that we have had the privilege to serve over the years. I am tremendously grateful to the many wonderful clients who have chosen to work with me–they have enriched my world in countless ways. My primary artistic satisfaction comes from collaborating with clients to create an image on their body that brings them joy.
I also feel tremendous gratitude for the ongoing interest in my work, particularly to the clients who have supported and encouraged me in developing imagery of flora and fauna native to Northern California. In 2012 my husband and I established the Elder Creek Center for The Land at my other home in the North Sacramento Valley. Our work there includes learning from relationships within our specific living community as it moves through seasons and life cycles in order to better live sustainably within it, which I wish to reflect in my art.
Lately I’ve been inspired more by the fauna side of things so each week on my Instagram account I’ve been posting a native California mammal, bird, insect, etc. under the hashtag #mariescritteroftheweek.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my work and feel free to contact me with your tattoo ideas!