I grew up outdoors playing in the woods and fields near Philadelphia. I went on to get a B.A., in Art History, from Carleton College (l968.) Since then, I have evolved a career in combining the study of Nature and Drawing / Writing / Painting / Teaching as a means of connecting both myself and my students with Where We Live, Season by Season and Year upon Year.
Self taught as a Naturalist, I have used my own on-going Nature Journals, since l978, (and now numbering over 43) as a method for continuing my study of nature outdoors, no matter where I am -- city, country, my home, far away. Our environment is changing and journals are becoming critical for their baseline observations of seasonal sequences.
I did not grow up intending to be a Naturalist or an Artist. I was a Musician. I did not intend to be a writer and, when asked by a publisher, said "No" back in l978. Eleven books later, I am still writing to engage others in my deep love and respect for the natural world that is around all of us. I have found myself in over 28 states, teaching, exhibiting, speaking in varieties of places (see Teaching Section). I am fortunate to have studied in Europe with some of the top wildlife artists there -- John Busby, Eric Ennion, Gunnar Brusewitz, Lars Jonsson. And in this country, I owe my study of Nature to a number of Mass Audubon's top staff naturalists. But, my greatest teacher, critic, comfort continues to be the Nature beside me.
I live in Cambridge, MA and Granville,VT with my husband, our children and various pets. My working studio is a table top. My larger studio is a day pack and outside the door. For further information, see other sections listed here.