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

Slow and steady wins the race

Early this summer I was asked to paint a black-and-white illustration of an Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). I was pretty excited about this assignment. I remember the box turtles from my childhood – they lived in the woods around my Connecticut home, and a few times I escorted one across the road, out of harm’s way. But it occurred to me I really didn’t know much about the species, so this project would be a valuable learning experience. … More Slow and steady wins the race