Native & Non Native Vignettes (2015-2017)

The Vignette series zooms in on plants and animals I’ve encountered in and around my studio in Brooklyn. I tyically photographed the subjects as I came upon them and then composed and painted back at the studio. A quick google revealed which species were native to the northeast and which originated from other continents and/or hemispheres. It's inspiring to imagine those native species having existed here in this landscape for centuries. Equally interestingIt was to learn how, like most of us Americans, the non-natives have adapted to this land and continue to thrive here.  This series has a simple theme but one which calls attention to the many plants and animals that currently inhabit our  streets and parks and, I  hope to advocate for the nurturing of our green spaces that provide habitat, even those as small as a tree pit can foster plants and wildlife.