I have always loved nature and it has been the central theme in my personal and professional life. My friends will tell you that I am the slowest walker in the woods because I want to look at everything. My appreciation of nature led me to be a wilderness instructor then a teacher with a focus on the environment and sustainability. My art is the creative manifestation of the professional work I've been doing my entire life, which is helping people fall in love with nature. We humans only save what we love.
I began making art during the pandemic when my 26-year-old son was dying of cancer. These pieces were my meditations then and are my delight now. I hope you love this artwork as much as I love making it, and that it brings you peace and joy. And perhaps, it will help you see nature a little differently too.
For 37 years I was a high school English teacher focusing on nature and literature, and for 20 of those I was also the school's environmental Sustainability Director. I was the Founding Director of OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability in Schools), a non-profit consortium of approximately 50 NJ schools and school districts working together to help each other become more sustainable. I have received numerous environmental awards including: Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association's "River Friendly Teacher" Award, Sustainable Princeton's Leadership Award, National Garden Club of America's Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association's Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Currently, I consult with schools all over the country to help them become more sustainable.