Bug Out

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.

Mayfly

Mayfly

Green Beetle

Green Beetle

Grasshopper with Flowers

Grasshopper with Flowers

Processional Moths

Processional Moths

Leip Bya Butterfly Dreams

Leip Bya Butterfly Dreams

Pink Beetle

Pink Beetle

Whirligig Beetle Larvae

Whirligig Beetle Larvae

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

Walking Stick

Walking Stick

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Praying Mantis After Hokuba

Praying Mantis After Hokuba

Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider

Virginia Flower Fly

Virginia Flower Fly

Spider Hunting Wasp

Spider Hunting Wasp

Titanic Longhorn Beetle

Titanic Longhorn Beetle

Stink Bug

Stink Bug

Redkneed Tarantula

Redkneed Tarantula

Poplar Beetle

Poplar Beetle

Plant Bug

Plant Bug

Leaf Hopper

Leaf Hopper

Jewel Wasp

Jewel Wasp

Hoverbee

Hoverbee

Green Swallowtail

Green Swallowtail

Green Carob Beetle

Green Carob Beetle

Giant Fungus Beetle

Giant Fungus Beetle

Firefly

Firefly

Dragon Hunter

Dragon Hunter

Common Blue Butterfly

Common Blue Butterfly

Blue Spotted Beetle

Blue Spotted Beetle

Bess Beetle

Bess Beetle

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