I spent my childhood intensely
interested in nature. My grandfather and I were known to take longs walks in the
woods together. He was, among many things, a carpenter, a gardener and
nature-lover. I spent time with him building in his wood shop, digging in his
garden and walking the dogs. I learned to love nature as much as he did. And I
still love doing all of these things.
During my formal schooling, I was
interested in both art and science. These two warring worlds were
adversaries competing for my time, interests, and resources. In fact, at one
point, I was certified to teach in both fields. It took most
of my adult life to come to peace with a way to integrate them both into my
vision and lifestyle.
My teaching experience helped me hold on to that wonder-filled
nature of children, but it was direct engagement with the natural world that I
I finally began understanding my art as the
way to connect all of my interests. I knew I could paint, photograph, grow plants, create landscapes, sculpt clay,
and live among trees. I am deeply connected to trees and to all of the
Art and nature are fused, as I always knew them to be.
I am inspired to create works that honor the beauty of the earth. Trees function
centrally in the artworks - the art honors them as spiritual beings in their own right. I seek to increase my connection to
the earth, and that of others, through art.
create original paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs; and also design
and create landscapes and bonsai trees.
a teacher at heart, I love residencies in schools where I can work with
children and I teach classes to all ages.
I hold a Ph.D. in Art Education from The Ohio State University and have over 20
years of teaching experience.
group workshops and other special commissions are welcomed.