The entomological society of America says that there are 10 quintillion insects crawling around our globe. We’ve named only 1 million of the 30 million bug species that exist. It’s unlikely that any other phylum of co-inhabitants of our earth is more numerous or ubiquitous. Insects have been found mating on the snows of Antarctica, flying miles high far out to sea, and in caves deep under the earth.
When I was a girl, I used to spend hours bellied up to the edge of the lawn, watching ants and beetles and earwigs and jumping spiders maneuvering in their world. Those hours changed my perspective. I felt like either I had become small enough to be in their world, or they had grown in size to exist in mine. Raising my eyes, breaking my gaze and looking back into the usual world gave me a shock.
I try to bring the extraordinary diversity of insects into larger life in my paintings. I am interested in providing a bit of that perspective shift, that shock, so that you can come away agreeing that what we often overlook, the tinier inhabitants in the visual spectrum of our world, are worth taking a closer look at.
My latest works are multi-media, combining watercolor insect portraits with vintage buttons and some embroidery.