Inspired by making drawings during the day and the love of cooking to feed my family, I developed ink from black beans. I am using black bean ink to make paintings on archival watercolor panels and sheets of architectural glass. I have been awarded the 2018 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award through the Indianapolis Arts Council to make paintings that can harvest light by turning bean ink into an experimental dye that can mimic photosynthesis. See Current Works  for updates on my project.