Inspired by making drawings during the day and the love of cooking to feed my family, I developed ink from black beans. Currently I am using the black bean ink to make paintings on archival panels and sheets of architectural glass. I have been awarded the 2018 DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award through the Indianapolis Arts Council and through this I have started making 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.