I cannot remember a time when I did not draw or when I was not enthralled by the natural world. Growing up in a very rural area of the Colorado Rockies gave me ample opportunities to explore both of these passions. At the age of twelve I began keeping illustrated nature journals at a workshop on nature drawing, a practice that I have continued ever since.
Watercolor is my favorite medium, both because of its spontaneity and ease of use in the field and for its versatility. I like to use the paint's translucent nature to explore subtle variations in color and interesting effects with light. However, I also paint with oils and frequently work with graphite, pen-and-ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, and block-prints such as wood and linocuts. While I sometimes use my own photographs as references, I much prefer to work from life and most of my work is completed outdoors, through binoculars, or through patient hours of watching.
Awards and Honors
"Highly Commended," David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition 2015
For linocut print "Clamdigger."
BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year, Top One Hundred 2011
Three works, two linocut prints and one scratchboard drawing.
Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, 2005 - 2006
For independent, year-long research and art project overseas titled “Inquiring Eyes: Natural History, Artists, and Island Exploration.” www.watsonfellowship.org
Belkin Art Award, 2005
For 10 x 14" watercolor painting of a black guillemot on the Maine coast.
William H. Drury Award in Zoology, College of the Atlantic, 2005
For senior project contrasting life histories of four seabirds using the same Maine island as a nesting colony, and design and construction of multi-media museum exhibit describing same.
During spring and summer I work in southeast Alaska as a naturalist/kayak guide/deckhand on the Pacific Catalyst (http://www.pacificcatalyst.com/), a 75-foot wooden charter boat built in the 1930s. I'm a guest lecturer at College of the Atlantic, where I've taught scientific illustration, field sketching, and watercolor painting. I do freelance illustration work along with my own book projects, and continue to travel and explore whenever possible. On those rare occasions when I'm not somewhere else, I still live in central Colorado.
Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine
Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, Prescott College, Prescott Arizona