I am a Lincoln native currently working on my M.A. in cultural anthropology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I received my B.A. in anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. My specific interests are folklore and mythology, and Native American studies.
I have enjoyed art since a child, and it is one of my regular hobbies. I especially enjoy drawing and painting. I was very excited to get the opportunity to paint the rain barrel not only because it is for a good cause and provides the community with water conservation education, but also because I enjoy painting "stuff" such as chairs, bottles, jars, etc. I also enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and my dog Toby. I feel that art, in any form, can be a powerful tool of communication and way to unite a community.
I have always found hummingbirds to be beautiful with a magical quality. They're a perfect balance of delicateness and endurance and strength. I used bright colors that are characteristic of hummingbirds, with an iridescent element that catches the light and brings the piece to life. Hummingbirds can be found in many Native American tribes' legends. In Hopi and Zuni legends they act as messengers for the people, convincing the gods to bring rain and food.