I am drawn to painting animals with a kind of urgency and desire. What am I doing with my skill if I do not create them? If I do not capture them? My talents have gone to waste. I want to create these intricate and beautiful creatures that we only see and hear about in folk lore or our fantasies. I want to bring them into our reality, our view. To allow us to gaze upon something so fantastical that it can only be made through art. The imagination I have for these creatures is exaggerated with gold leaf and ink. It adds an idealization to the creatures that can only be attained through those mediums. My art demands the viewers to get lost in the lines and repetitive details of the flowers and fur. It encourages the viewers to enjoy their train of thought and indulge in their imagination, to be there in that moment if only for a minute.