Hi! I'm a taxidermist.
To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

Sometimes…

I cannot believe that I’m only 21. I mean, sure, it’s hard to know what the ‘typical’ 21-year-old does in life when there are so many different lifestyles one can live. But I guess it would be safe to assume that not many women my age have their own place, their own business, their own fur-babies to care for, and so on. 

At the dog park today, a woman assumed that I was taking care of Cabal for someone else - she thought I was a dog-sitter. I explained that, no, Cabal was my dog, and that we lived together in our own little place on the Lake. She seemed skeptical, and even went so far as to say, “But you’re so young!” and when I looked around, I realized that I was indeed the youngest dog-owner there. 

I felt suddenly alone. Very, very alone. No one else my age, that I know personally at least, lives the same kind of lifestyle that I do, and I realized with a pang of guilt that I do indeed spend most of my time by myself, or with Cabal. It’s hard to make new friends. It’s hard because none of the people I know in the ‘real’ world do the same things I do. Anyone who does is WAY older than me…

Maybe I’m growing up too fast. 

  1. bubbleteabumblebee said: Aw, it’s okay. I think your life style is great, and I’m 25 (Just turned today, actually)
  2. embroideredghost said: I had a similar realisation after having getting out of a cult only to be homeless for three years; no one but my husband, who was with me, could relate at all, and I still struggle w/that. But ‘real world’ expectations =/= interesting lives. <3
  3. cereusea56 said: Its hard to find people that are like you in the big ocean we all are in. Its just uncommon, but don’t feel alone. I constantly get that question too. I suspect that older people just look back at when they were that age and were more far behind. :)
  4. somanyajahs said: I’m 26 and I still don’t have my own place or my own life. I think it’s awesome that you have so much going for you. And I understand the feeling alone. Much respect from me to you, lady~!
  5. winterduck said: protip: don’t give a shit about what people have to say/think
  6. kadancelunasea reblogged this from naturepunk and added:
    Just because you have taken on some adult responsibilities that many of us put off, doesn’t mean you are “growing up too...
  7. thewingedshadow said: So… you’re actually younger than me? wow. I still have huge amounts of respect for you.
  8. whatsleftnotdrifting said: You’re only 21?!
  9. safely2insane said: If I lived anywhere near where you live, I’d totally be your friend so you wouldn’t always be alone! Sadly, I’m on the other side of the states. You’re a strong independent young woman and you’re awesome! Keep it up.
  10. badcatmatt said: Everyone has their own personal paths to follow & you shouldn’t feel guilty for following yours
  11. cupboardindian reblogged this from naturepunk and added:
    Dude, don’t sweat it. Most people our age aren’t as successful as you have been. People in my town are only concerned...
  12. badwolfbullet said: i would move to seattle if only to be your apprentice and help with your business. honestly, your lifestyle is amazing and is basically my ideal.
  13. lettersfromanywhere said: Age is a measure of time passed, not the person inside. It is a fallacy to feel one must relate only to others the same age. You connect with who you connect with, there are always reasons. So long as no one gets hurt, who cares about age?
  14. satdeshret reblogged this from naturepunk and added:
    Do young people here not do the dog thing? *looks at her 9-year-old dog*
  15. kulorautias said: You´re very lucky to have so much while being just 21. I don´t even know when I´m capable of having stable financial situtation and mental health :(
  16. beewitch reblogged this from naturepunk and added:
    I find it ironic that we’re told all through life that we need to be prepared and independent and stable, and yet if it...
  17. thebulletcatcher said: Making friends as an adult is one of the hardest things to do. It’s like trying to date without having the added bonus of fucking
  18. notquiteandrogynous said: Enjoy it! you have the lifestyle most people don’t get until they’re at least out of college and established in a job, but with the added benefit of youth! Your age also gives other young artists hope that there is a fighting chance to make a living
  19. scaphoids said: I genuinely feel the same way more than I can explain, but recently I’ve come to realize that as I joked about actually being a 55 year old man in my heart, I can and should be friends with people who are older than me because it doesn’t matter.
  20. carvingarcher said: Sounds like you are an old soul just carrying on where you left off
  21. captainironears said: Do what you want, homie. Living happily is way more important than living normally.