I love to collect insects, fossils, minerals, feathers, shells, eggs, and all kinds of natural curiosities. Often I have people asked me where I get my treasures.
One of my favorite stores is “The Bone Room” in Berkeley. It is filled with weird and wonderful things. Bugs, bones, feathers, fossils, taxidermy, eggs, shells, antique medical equipment and jewelry are just some of the objects they have.
Pinned Insect Specimens –
Most people who know me and my artwork know my love of insects. Beetles, butterfly, moths, weevils, & walking sticks, they all inspire me.
I love collecting fossils & minerals. I have several different Ammonite Fossils. Some of my favorites are the Pyritized Ammonites, they look like they are from another planet.
Another of my favorite stores is Paxton Gate in San Francisco. They are another natural history store with an eclectic mix of insects, gardening, taxidermy, science equipment and other oddities. I love wandering around this beautiful little shop, there are treasures from floor to ceiling.
They have an assortment of fascinating plants. The carnivorous, succulent and orchids are my favorites. They also have terrariums, tools & vintage containers for the plants.