"I've always enjoyed collecting and displaying insects, but I was dissappointed with the selection. It's easy to find a butterfly mounted on white paper, but I wanted something more, something unique that would be suitable to display outside of a museum. In other words, I wanted an insect display that was also a piece of art. I also wanted to have insects that you wouldn't find in your usual nature shop. Who doesn't have a Blue Morpho these days? Impress your friends with Buprestid beetles that will amaze everyone with their color, size, and form.
Insect Art is made of real insects from around the world. They come to me dried out and all folded up. I re-hydrate them to make them flexible again, and then spread them out on a styrofoam board with sewing pins and little strips of paper. I do not put any pins through the bodies of my insects; I like them natural-looking and lifelike. This makes the insects a bit more difficult to handle, but the end result is worth it. Lastly, I choose an art background for the shadowbox frame and glue the insects onto that. The whole process takes several days, and each end result is unique."