Biography and Statement
My mom likes to tell people how I started out making detailed drawings of mushrooms and horses, foreshadowing my future as a scientific illustrator. I grew up in a small community near Ithaca, NY, and returned to my hometown to live and to build my freelance art and illustration business. In the traveling years between leaving and returning, I gained a degree in art and biology from Eastern College (St. Davids, PA) and a graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a taste for travel and a great collection of memories of beautiful places. I have also worked at and been published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London), taught art classes in a small village in the Central Plateau of Haiti, painted murals and created illustrations for several fine environmentally-conscious organizations, and generally wandered around looking at things and being artistically useful wherever possible.
I now freelance with a variety of people and projects in illustration and graphic design. I love working with groups that have an environmental mission, and especially love it when my pen is my passport to travel. Some recent clients include Audubon, Acorn Designs, the Ithaca Sciencenter, ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, and the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I am also a member of the Ithaca Farmers’ Market, where I sell notecards, prints and calendars of my artwork and limited edition intaglio etchings. You can find me there most weekends in Booth #84. I enjoy painting and printmaking and usually have a few shows per year in local venues.