When I was designing my first business card as a biotechnology professional, Vistaprint offered me the option to select sustainably sourced paper with a small symbol on the back. This simple choice helped me clarify for the first time that I want my science degrees to serve a broader purpose of learning how to work with our environment, instead of abusing nature in ways that also contribute to human disease.
As I began to heal from my own health challenges and connect with my community, I discovered gardening, herbalism, photography and poetry as therapeutic modalities that encouraged me to continue exploring the natural world. While brainstorming titles for my first poetry collection, the word "biophilic" came to me, and I felt this encompassed the themes of my art alongside my work as a wellness coach and exercise instructor.
I've since discovered the field of biophilic design and how many professionals are working to bring intelligent, beautiful and environment-based principles to our cities and homes. I am excited to continue connecting and exploring how this inspiration brings our communities hope.
What started as a simple design choice is now growing into a full philosophy and business. Thank you for being part of my journey!
In Pittsburgh, I am surrounded by natural beauty and urban challenges. I use my camera to document the spaces and moments that inspire me and then share images with a focus on awe, juxtaposition between built and grown elements, and the inevitability of nature. I believe art invites us to reflect, learn, and talk about what matters as we integrate biophilic principles into our homes, workspaces and communities.
I've loved creating photos since before I took my first photography class in high school. Growing up, I remember disposable cameras, the anticipation of waiting for our local grocery store or pharmacy to develop film, and arranging toys alongside plants in my yard to create different scenes with my sisters.
I was a reluctant participant in the digital economy, waiting until 2017 to get my first smart phone. Discovering the medium of high quality digital creation has been a delight and joy!
Since studying biotechnology at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, my question has been how to apply science in ways that ultimately support life in its many forms.
Working as a biomedical research professional and wellness coach has led me to believe that human health is intricately connected to our environment and to acknowledge that ignoring this reality inflicts incredible harm.
I invite and encourage honest, respectful conversations around how we engage with our natural environment, communities, and homes.
I hope my work helps us keep asking questions and finding shared ground to live meaningful, joyful, and abundant lives.
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