As a collector and observer, there is an anthropological sensibility to my work and my art practice. I use my observer and collector identities to explore the connections, relationships, and details that I find in the world around me. I am constantly analyzing and documenting the things I encounter and find fascinating, such as the delicate lines of a fingerprint or the beautifully organic, natural decay of life. Over the last year I have started two separate, but very connected collections. One being fingerprints from friends, family, and even strangers which I then use as reference for my lithographs. I focus on areas of a person’s fingerprint that I feel are its distinguishing markers, then use that information to create these organic, fluid toner washes that abstractly mimic the individual’s fingerprint. The other collection I have is photographs of dead/decaying animals that I find while walking around the city. I create lithographic drawings of these animals that live in the realm of realism, but place them in an organically abstract, yet peaceful world to rest. I empathize for their loss of life and in some way I feel I am memorializing them or perhaps giving them a space to exist in after they have gone. My empathetic tendencies compel me to create sculptures and prints of the creatures I find along with the fingerprints I collect. I get consumed by the making and doing aspect of my art practice and the turning of things I find or collect into precious objects. Utilizing lithography, intaglio, and sculpture allows me to give each object the space it needs to become something I consider precious. The time and diligence that I give to each process when creating these objects stimulates a meditation on each one, elevating its preciousness.