I am drawn to ordinary places: backyards, street corners, neighborhoods, inconspicuous scenes that show the endurance of nature despite our human intervention. These landscapes reveal the living worlds that thrive around us, concentrated bursts of diversity and life. In observing these urban habitats, we see an uncomplicated theme: we are not alone on this planet. The worlds I am inspired to create explore this connection, the push-andpull between civilization and wilderness. I do not aim to create a flawless image, nor do I strive for realism. I work to capture the energy that is not visible at first, but can be found in all things.