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. I learn about the forms through the act of observational drawing. Then, I abstract, embellish and combine them. They evolve through a process of drawing and close observation. Similarities in forms and patterns across the kingdoms of flora, fauna and fungi 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 the adaptability of plants that grow and flourish in harsh or unusual conditions, such as succulents and epiphytes. 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.