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.
In the field, watercolor is my favorite medium because of its versatility and portability. I like to use the paint's translucent nature to explore subtle variations in color and interesting effects with light. I frequently work in pencil and pen-and-ink, and sometimes with oils as well as block-printing in the studio. 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
"Best in Show, 2D" 26th Annual Gateway to the Rockies Art Show 2022.
For oil painting "Salad Days."
1st Place, "Animals in the Parks" category, 12th Annual Art for Alaska's Parks Competition 2020
For linocut print "Clamdigger."
"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.
Many of my field experiences later develop into linocut block prints. Unlike traditional relief prints, which utilize a different block to print each color, reduction prints use just one printing block. Check out the Gallery page for more information on this technique! I love the bold, graphic quality and exuberant colors achievable with block prints, along with the creative challenge of thinking backwards and translating a complex image into layered hues.
Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine
Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, Prescott College, Prescott Arizona
In the summer I work in southeast Alaska as a naturalist on the Catalyst, a 75-foot wooden charter boat built in the 1930s. My husband Shane and I also lead artist seminars of our own in field journaling and fiber arts under the name Wonderlust Expeditions. I'm a sometimes-guest lecturer at College of the Atlantic, where I've taught scientific illustration, field sketching, and watercolor painting. I do freelance illustration and gallery work and try to travel and explore whenever possible. When we're not somewhere else, Shane and I enjoy our home between the magnificent mountains and desert of southwest Colorado.