WSD Employee and Teacher
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, I have been around artists and makers my entire life: both of my grandmother's were artists (talented in many mediums), my father is a fine woodworking craftsman, and my mom is a huge promoter of self-reliance, homesteading, and DIY. At an early age, I began to collage, using parts of toys, puzzles, and games to add texture and dimension to projects. In Elementary school, I began taking sewing classes and completed several quilts before middle school, at which time I started a daily art journal. My journals focused on collages from inherited vintage National Geographic magazines.
Balancing my degree in Biology focused on Environment, Ecology & Evolution, I took many art courses and participated in several exhibits throughout undergrad. During my graduate studies in Marine Science, I partnered with fellow artist, Erica Calder, and formed Nancy Delores & Co. (named after our grandmother) as a collaborative side-project to create one of a kind hand carved, hand-printed and collage cards.
I am inspired by themes of balance and dichotomy, textures, and layers. My classes include macrame, vision boards and collage, tessellations, sewing, and printmaking. I work full-time as a Fisheries Biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have a deep passion for marine and global environmental conservation, and a strong interest in space exploration.