Accused butterfly thief says she feels 'need to create beauty'

Jamie Revis says butterflies inspire her

CINCINNATI -- The woman accused of stealing a butterfly from the Krohn Conservatory said she loves butterflies and they inspire her to create. 

Jamie Revis, 36, of Springfield Township, is facing a charge of theft after police said she stole a blue morpho butterfly from the conservatory's butterfly show on April 15. 

Revis, who goes by the name Brynne, told a reporter via text about her art and what inspires it. She didn't go into detail about her court case.

"I'm always inspired! Creating comes naturally to me and it's accompanied by a desire to leave my mark on the world, to form something beautiful before my time is up," Revis wrote. "Whether it's planting a garden, writing, making art, planting trees, saying something kind and uplifting, I feel a need to create beauty and leave the world a piece of my heart behind.

"I love butterflies and moths! They captivate me. I'm forever amazed at how they appear so fragile and delicate yet are fully capable of migrating across continents! How extraordinary is that!? Their strength is remarkable and their beauty even more so."

Springfield Township police previously told WCPO that Revis had multiple butterflies in her home when they arrested her. They said she admitted to taking four butterflies from the conservatory.

Revis pleaded not guilty to the theft charge last week.

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