For as long as I can remember my art has been informed by a deep and direct relationship with the natural world. I have been painting botanical subjects and landscapes in watercolor for over 20 years. I earned a B.S. in Art as well as a B.S. in Environmental Studies at UW-Madison and find my combined training and experience in both fields enhances and informs my work. My paintings are part of several public and private collections. Known for my series of orchid paintings and formal botanicals, my more recent work has evolved to reflect an abiding interest in communicating immersion experiences in nature through images and word. Each painting is an adventure in close observation and becoming familiar with the unique characteristics of each subject and place. This always leaves me with a greater and deeper knowledge and appreciation of Nature and our relationship to it.
As an environmental educator, I find that art is a powerful tool...not only for observing more closely and connecting more deeply with Nature but also for connecting with our own creative power. I earned a Master's in Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point, with a focus on researching the value of drawing as a learning tool in science. I have worked as an educator for The UW-Madison Arboretum's Earth Partnerships for Schools program, the LEAF k-12 School Forestry Program, and as an independent presenter, teacher, and consultant for art, nature, and science integration. Teaching people of all ages to slow down, look closely, and find their own way of communicating what they find in the Nature is an immensely satisfying honor.