My upbringing in the Hawaiian Islands leads me to be ocean-inspired. Coming from a place so diverse in culture, climate, and teeming with flora and fauna, I feel a sort of servitude or responsibility to honor what is lost, or extinct. It is fascinating and devastating that our presence as one species has so much impact on the delicate balance of life. Through glass sculpture, my work explores themes of“Memento Mori,” as well as extinction, preservation, and origin. The Ammonite, an intelligent coiled-up cephalopod, became extinct 65 Million years ago, leaving impressions in its habitat to fossilize. We learn from the past to be responsible in our future. I hope the presence of my artwork in the world could serve as a reminder, or "Memento," of this.