Drawing is the foundation of my studio practice and functions as a starting point in my work. It informs my processes no matter the media. I research and observe natural forms, such as flora, fauna and fungi. Initially I draw from observation to learn about them. Then, I abstract, embellish and combine forms. Similarities in shape and pattern across species and kingdoms emerge. I recreate mutated and amalgamated versions of these forms in a variety of media, ranging from works on paper to kiln-formed glass to fiber-based sculpture. They are often unidentifiable as plant, animal or fungus and exist as separate hybrid species. This series of work is titled “Invented Hybrids” and grew out of my interest in invasive species and the adaptability of plant life. It has since expanded to include many life forms, including marine invertebrates, insects, lichens, mushrooms and molds. The Invented Hybrids are imagined variations and combinations of flora, fauna and fungal species. Colors range from natural to synthetic and artificial combinations occur. They represent an alternative future in which species have merged to create new life forms, an adaptation required by the changing conditions of our planet. They coexist in ambiguous spaces and ask the viewer to consider their origins and the circumstances in which they developed.