Growing up, I was the kid who watched spiders in the vacant lots connect twigs, broken bricks, with sassafras leaves, and decayed newspapers, tying together unlikely things into beautiful concoctions. In my art as a photographer- multi-media artist, I work in communities, and my images are meant to be community windows. They are shown as a series on walls, but I make some into messenger bags. Things we see every day should be engaging, not ordinary. One part of “The Word for World is Forest " series includes the series "Fire Stories " created with charcoal from ancestor redwood trees, still alive and nurturing. Sequoia Sempervirens, always flourishing. In "Webs and Drops “, from "Water is Life '' series, are single drops of water collected by webs from the air, mirroring the webbed underground mycelium collection of nutrients in the forest floor. We thrive when we are connected. For "Beach Collection”, at the interface of the San Lorenzo River and the Monterey Bay, I draw, with my cane, using designs left from the changing tide. These are my love letters, sometimes joyful, sometimes a curious doodle that is cradled between the river banks and the ocean lips, until the tides eat them up. Celebrate change.