Tenderheart Studio

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I was young, my days were spent doodling and singing to chickadees and tadpoles in my backyard in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My father instilled in me at a young age a deep respect for nature that I carry with me to this day, using drawing as a meditation on nature and the ways that humans interact with it. I'm inspired by mythology and folklore, religion and ritual, humanity and memory.
Although I tend to be drawn to dark themes, capturing them and studying them tends to bring out their tenderness and humanity, and that is reflected in this collection of work. Whether through meticulous detail and painstaking stippling or applying decorative elements to a normally threatening motif, my goal is often to bring the darkness to light, to make it more approachable, so that we can look at it honestly and with more understanding. Expanding to usable items such as postcards or enamel pins just further increases that real, human element that I strive for.