I began working with bird images around 2003. I'm an avid "bird watcher" and very interested in nature and the environment, having grown up in a heavily wooded area that was reduced to shopping malls and subdivisions as I grew up. My parents always had binoculars and bird identification books on hand and we watched the migrating birds each year. So, when birds started appearing in my art I just thought it was natural since I'd always been drawn to them.

At first, portraying birds was an expression of my spiritual connection with nature. After reading an article about the declining bird populations here in Georgia I focused on environmental issues instead.