I want to see, record, and understand the world around me as it unfolds.
I want to know how we are moved by the places we find ourselves. When we experience a place, how do we change it? How does it change us?
I believe it is critical to use all of the tools at our disposal to communicate the interaction between humans and everything that surrounds us.
My first book, The Cold Canyon Fire Journals (forthcoming August 2, 2022, Heyday) is a close study of fire ecology in the Western environment, and is based on six years’ careful observation, research, and illustration at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, which burned in 2015 and again in 2020. It focuses on the details of plant, animal and fungi responses to fire and is also a look at the bigger picture of fire and climate change and fire’s place in a healthy ecosystem.
My education is in science, with a Master’s in evolutionary biology. I spent sixteen years working for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, managing projects to track and analyze stream habitat restoration projects for salmon and steelhead. In my work with data, I sought to translate complex scientific information into easily understandable stories.
In my illustration work, I seek to do the same with pictures, especially with pictures that show how the world changes over time.
I have completed projects for the following organizations:
- Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
- California Department of Transportation
- Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve
- Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership
- Metallic Marine Art
- Creative Resource Strategies
- California Fish Passage Forum
- Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership
- Organization of Fish and Wildlife Information Managers