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“People often ask how I got into taxidermy. My quick and pithy response is usually that I grew up in Kansas. But to be honest that answer is extremely misleading. I was raised in the buckle of the Bible belt. To say that there is a lot of open country in Kansas is quite the understatement; the entire population of Kansas about equals that of Cincinnati. There was a lot of space and a lot of isolation to force a few creative sparks. It was being raised in this Nature that facilitated my tendency to take things apart, understand them, and put them back together again. Would my artistic penchant for taxidermy have developed growing up as a city kid? I have no way of knowing. But I knew that it was the city that I wanted to spend my time in as an adult. After a typical Victorian Grand Tour (without the budget) I moved to Cincinnati on an Art Academy scholarship and I have been in the Cincinnati area since.
I focus on producing work that recalls the inventive and exploratory spirit common to the naturalists of the Victorian age. In order to do this, I work in media often used to depict the natural world during this period; taxidermy, skeletal preparation, and display apparatus designed for functional education. The work of Meddling with Nature is all produced “from the ground up” and is heavily process oriented. I would even argue that the process is far more important to me than the final results.
Along with Meddling with Nature, I am also in involved in the documentary film project Voices and Faces of the Adhan as a line producer. I also work on various independent films and theatrical productions in taxidermy oriented prop design and production.
I tend to be very easily engaged, and will answer questions with great joy. First and foremost I am an educator, but to be that I must learn.”