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 me to create a tattoo for them–they have enriched my world in countless ways. I receive immense satisfaction from working with clients to create an image on their body that brings them joy.
I recently initiated what has become a major change in my tattoo career by transitioning to work based on collaborations with other visual artists I admire. Already the process has been truly inspiring and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the coming years! This has enabled me to focus on my own artwork more, starting with the continuation of my art studies at the fabulous Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco.
In 2012 my husband and I established the Elder Creek Ecological Preserve at my other home in Tehama County. Our work there is based on learning methods of subsistence living and land restoration (subsistoration!) appropriate to Northern California oak woodlands so that we can better assist the plants and animals around us through the hardships of the Anthropocene. I hope to convey something about this work through the life drawings that I will be sharing here in the coming months, so please do check back from time to time.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my work!