We often speak of nature as something to be left alone. I draw inspiration from the nature that extends to our doorstep, not a “place where we go” but “the place where we live.” My art nods to noticing more profoundly and minutely the web of lives in our own backyards, hopefully igniting a commitment that will preserve more than just our national parks. In this work, I express a loyalty to the landscape where I’m from and the ecosystem I’ve spent my lifetime coming to know and see anew, highlighting species my own neighbors may have never known or noticed were there: giant silk moths that rival birds for size and butterflies for color, the sovereign, distinctness of a black walnut tree, the tropical pawpaw fruit flourishing in Midwestern forests, the beautiful subtleties that distinguish one sparrow species from another. These images represent my journey to see deeper, to perceive the world more and not just more of the world. They represent my fascination with loving a landscape just because it’s yours and the alchemy of discovering beauty and complexity in seemingly mundane places.