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

New animals in my studio

Just got back from the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2014 conference in Boulder. Luckily there was enough extra space in my luggage for souvenirs, because I picked up two framed prints at the silent auction. Now they are hanging in my studio, among the many other pieces of inspiration I’ve collected. The turtle is the first reptile on … More New animals in my studio

Two Weeks in Nature

An opportunity to spend two whole weeks in a quiet outdoor setting – exploring, observing, sketching, and painting – doesn’t come around often. But it did for me, and I enjoyed every buggy minute of it. I just returned from Huyck Preserve, a little gem in the hilltown of Rensselaerville, NY, where each year, several … More Two Weeks in Nature