These paintings are a series of intimate portraits of forest floor plants and insects from locations in northwest Arkansas. The focus is on natural communities of plants and a few of the insects associated with them. While each clump of plants is shown visually isolated from its neighbors, the presence of insects suggests the extensive and intricate connections among forest inhabitants. In an age of alarming decline of insect populations worldwide, the paintings also call attention to the vital role insects play in our environment. Some of the insects depicted pollinate or feed on only a handful of species.
Insects depicted include: northern pearly eye butterfly, curve-lined owlet moth larva, two-lined spittlebug, copper underwing larva, clouded skipper butterfly, caterpillar hunter beetle, various specialist bees, falcate orange-tip butterfly, eight spotted forester moth and larva, painted lichen moth, smeared dagger moth larva, serpentine webworm moth, spring azure butterfly.