Since childhood I have enjoyed cutting and making things out of paper. My first major paper flower project was a giant dandelion, complete with seeds and leaves, for my senior art project in high school. I went on to earn a degree in Visual Arts from York University in Toronto (BFA, 2003). After marrying, my husband and I moved back to the Ottawa area to start a family. I worked for many summers as a farmer and florist on a flower farm which inspired me to make paper flowers, as well as paintings of flowers, in the winter months. Over the years I have exhibited and sold my work at local art fairs, shows, and galleries as well as to international clients on Etsy.com. Currently my work is becoming more and more botanically accurate as I explore the many fascinating details of plants, flowers, and leaves. My botanical shadow boxes are created with crepe paper, cardstock, watercolour paper, wire, glue, and acrylic paint. I cut and shape each element separately by hand before gluing them together to make the flower.