Lepidóptera is derived from the Greek words "lepido" scale and "ptera" wings and refers to the flattened scales that cover the body and wings of a butterfly. A person who collects or studies butterflies and moths is called a Lepidopterist.
I find the process of preparing a butterfly for display requires patience. There are detailed steps of rehydration and manipulation that can be painstakingly hard, yet I have found it to be very rewarding. I have an opportunity to design and arrange specimens in appealing configurations meticulously planning their placement. My aim is to provide a pleasing aesthetic format that highlights the specimens and reminds us of how beautiful nature and life can be. Each framed piece is featured in a clear acrylic shadow box sealed air tight to encourage the longevity of the specimen. Please note that though at times extraordinarily colorful, these are all REAL butterflies from around the world all displaying their own exceptional color and shape with an endless variety of coloration.
My goal is to celebrate the amazing beauty of these delicate creatures and revitalize our sense of wonder, joy and inspiration. Creating these unique art pieces extends that beauty and wonderment beyond its natural life span. Not only am I preserving nature but I want to help conserve species by supporting local butterfly farming programs in Costa Rica.