I create nature-inspired designs from my photographs and digitally print them on ethical and sustainable natural eco-textiles such as hemp, linen, and cotton that are certified organic and free of harmful substances. I use a waterless printing process and certified biodegradable, non-toxic inks. As a digital eco-artist, I celebrate infinite intelligence, the manifestation and expression of the soul, the metamorphosis of the human experience, and deeper connections with the natural way of life.
Each design begins with a wilderness adventure, carefully observing the environment’s elegance. Brilliant colors, patterns, textures, and the intelligence of the surroundings inspires the imagination with conceptual visions. Once a unique phenomenon is witnessed, the subject is thoroughly examined and documented with digital imagery. These images are taken back to the studio to be cataloged and organized. Individual images are meticulously customized using digital tools and artistically arranged with software to create unique compositions. The appropriate natural eco-textile is selected, and designs are prepared for digital textile printing.
In 2003, I was developing my photography skills and using liquid emulsion to print on textiles. When I discovered digital textile printing in 2008, I was fascinated with how the technology could assist my creative expression and support a more environmentally friendly process. I began questioning the origins and manufacturing practices of the textiles I used. My in-depth questioning and desire to never give up guided me to explore this ethical and sustainable art form. My connections with the global natural eco-textile community confirmed my belief that natural eco-textiles support the health of people and the planet.
Ethical and sustainable natural eco-textiles certified organic and free of harmful substances can be exceptionally rare and require considerable time to source. Low minimum custom ethical and sustainable digital textile printing is equally challenging to procure. I have spent over a decade educating myself and dedicating my attention to building relationships with expert natural eco-textile suppliers and digital textile printing partners. Throughout my journey, I have successfully acquired sources for the most ethical and sustainable natural eco-textiles and digital textile printing processes globally.
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“Living the Life of a Minimalist.” Change Is Now Podcast. Episode 6, 2020.
“Cave Creek.” Foothills Focus. Vol. 17, No. 39, 2019. Page 1.
“Why You Should Wear Organic Fabrics.” Courageous Creatives Channel. Episode 52, 2018.
“11th Loop.” A Green Beauty Magazine. Issue #5, 2015. Pages 98-99.
“Alumni Art Show C.S.H.S Sonoran Arts League.” Desert Foothills Chronicles. 2013.
“The Art of Hidden Magic.” Foothills Focus. Vol. 11, No. 38, 2013. Page 10 & 19.
“The Brothers Grin.” Pop Rocket Magazine. Issue #51, 2012. Pages 10-11.
“Greater Prescott Through Our Eyes.” Pediment Publishing. 2006. Pages 171-176.
“That Brighter Day Will Happen.” Canyon Echo Arizona Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Newspaper. January/February Issue, 2005. Page 4.
“Circle of Life.” Arizona Republic Newspaper. July Issue, 2002. Page B2.
2021 - Exhibizone “True Beauty” Online Exhibition, International.
2021 - Las Laguna Art Gallery “Textures & Patterns” Laguna Beach, CA. U.S.A.
2019 - Phoenix Fashion Week “Phoenix Fashion Week Annual Show” Scottsdale, AZ. U.S.A.
2019 - AZ Healing Center “Valentine’s Day Show” Scottsdale, AZ. U.S.A.
2013 - Sonoran Arts League “Alumni Art Show C.S.H.S.” Cave Creek, AZ. U.S.A.
2010 - Alta Space Gallery “Repetition” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2005 - Yavapai College Art Gallery “Juried Student Art Show” Prescott, AZ. U.S.A.
2003 - Fountain Hills Community Center “Annual Art Show” Fountain Hills, AZ. U.S.A.
Research and Development Grant. Recipient. Arizona Commission on the Arts. 2020.
Focus on Conservation Photo Contest. First Place. McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 2010.
Arizona AP Managing Editors Photo Contest. First Place. Associated Press. 2006.
Black Mountain Conservancy Photo Contest. First Place. Black Mountain Conservancy. 2002.
2022 - Arizona Career and Technical Education Summer Conference, Arizona Department of Education “Digital Eco-Textile Printing” Tucson, AZ. U.S.A.
2021 - Arizona Career and Technical Education Summer Conference, Arizona Department of Education “Digital Eco-Textile Printing” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2021 - Sustainable Fashion Leadership Mastermind Group “Eco-Textiles and Digital Textile Printing” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2021 - Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association Panelist “Earth Day Documentary Screening” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2020 - The Fashion Group International of Arizona “Natural Eco-Textiles” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2020 - What’s Happening Art Movement Community Art Center “Eco-Textiles and Digital Textile Printing” Surprise, AZ. U.S.A.
2019 - Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild “Eco-Textiles and Digital Textile Printing” Phoenix, AZ. U.S.A.
2019 - Phoenix Fashion Week “Eco-Textiles and Digital Textile Printing” Scottsdale, AZ. U.S.A.
2019 - Arizona Career and Technical Education Summer Conference, Arizona Department of Education “Eco-Textiles and Digital Textile Printing” Tucson, AZ. U.S.A.
2015 - University of Hawai‘i “Trackable Natural Textiles” Hilo, HI. U.S.A.
Artlink, Joined 2021
Surface Design Association, Joined 2021
Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association, Founding Member, Joined 2020
Family and Consumer Sciences Industry Advisory Board, Joined 2020