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I have always loved to paint.

But painting has always only been one of my loves.  I
grew up in the woods, surrounded by the beauty of
nature.  Everywhere I looked there were plants and
animals, each amazing in its own way.  Plants have
always been an inspiration to me.  From the radiant
beauty of tulips just after they bud in spring, to the
tragic, muted browns of a fallen leaf at the approach
of winter, nothing reveals the wonderful cycle of life as
much as the flora that lies all around us.   

Another of my passions was for the animals that lived
nestled among the plants I saw everywhere—insects.  
The green of a mantis, hiding among the leaves; the
iridescent colors shining off the shells of a jeweled
beetle; the glistening hues on the scales of a sunset
moth’s wings—nothing could be more beautiful or
varied than the colors that are to be found throughout
the ranks of insects around the world.

When I went off to college in Iowa, I chose a path that
combined my love of art with my love of the hidden
treasures around me and majored in Anthropology
focusing on the Mesoamerican world.  To this day, I
often use my college study skills when starting a
painting.  I begin by learning as much as I can, fully
researching my subject in print and in the field if
possible.  I am still fascinated by religion or mythology,
and occasionally create pieces based on these
subjects.

Being landlocked in Iowa also created a longing for the
varied landscapes to be found in my native New
England.  Moving back “home” reconnected me with
the beauties of nature, and inspired a new interest in
photography.  I love few things more than hiking with
my husband through the woods and taking pictures of
everything I see—the flowers below, the trees around
me, the skies above.
Winter-watercolor on paper.  The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
is native to New England and in preparation for winter
grow a heavier, longer coat.  As the snow falls, Red Foxes
prefer to stay in the open, only denning during breeding
season.  I have been lucky enough to view several couple
chasing each other across an open field. SOLD private
collection.
Mantis Hiding in the Trees -watercolor on paper.  The
Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a non-native species
which is used by some in the United States as a means of
natural pest control.   They are indiscriminate feeders,
eating any insect that they can catch.  A sweet
encounter with a mantis on my sister's wedding day
inspired this piece.  $100
Monarch and the Milkweed- watercolor on paper.  
This piece explores the various stages of the Monarch
Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the importance of
milkweed in their reproduction.  Monarchs lay their
eggs on the milkweed plant, and the caterpillars
survive on the plant until they are ready to form their
cocoons. Most this is what ultimately gives monarch
butterflies their unpleasant taste.  Monarch and
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) are both
native to New England and can be commonly found.
SOLD private collection.