Trail Wood Sanctuary

On a sweltering day in July, I drove up a gravel driveway to Trail Wood Sanctuary. This 168-acre property in rural eastern Connecticut was once home to naturalist writer Edwin Way Teale and his wife Nellie. In 1980, Nellie donated their pristine land to the Connecticut Audubon Society, which now hosts artists and writers in … More Trail Wood Sanctuary

Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials

Happy #SalamanderSaturday! Today I thought I would explain the start-to-finish process of how I illustrated my favorite double page spread, that I call “Emergence.” Katy Farber’s words describe the homes of spotted salamanders — “under layers of earth, snug among the roots” — and how the salamanders must wait for the right spring conditions to … More Salamander Sky, Part 2: Methods & Materials

Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 2 – Experiencing Life Up Close

Although I was in Galápagos to make art, that didn’t keep me from taking over 5200 photos! I’ve thought a lot about how I could share them in a way that best describes my personal journey through the islands, and the moments that really struck me emotionally or showed me a new perspective. Here is Part 2 of my Galápagos … More Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 2 – Experiencing Life Up Close

Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 1 – Teaching, Learning, and Making Art

Gosh, I have a lot to say about this adventure! I’m pretty excited about what I learned and the people I met in the enchanted islands of Galápagos, and my experiences will probably influence everything I do as an artist from here forward.  I will attempt to keep this story to two blog posts, but friends and family will … More Galápagos Artist Residency – Part 1 – Teaching, Learning, and Making Art

Shelter

Crazy thunderstorms and downpours are happening in February in Upstate NY! While I was messing around with a charcoal pencil in my sketchbook, these two characters showed up. Seemed like a good fit for this week’s Illustration Friday topic: Shelter. The sketch was combined in Photoshop with a swatch of colored pencil crosshatching on Canson … More Shelter