I grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent my childhood summers exploring forests and creeks, catching insects and frogs. Never far from crayons, markers and watercolors, I loved to draw and create art projects. It was in these early years that I laid the foundation for a love of art and a respect and passion for nature that has become a major focus in my life.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has spent my adult life in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and California helping people connect with wild places as a park naturalist and a NOLS instructor.
I also have an obsession for hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and skiing that frequently takes me into the wilderness. Self-taught, I use watercolor, block prints, and pen-and-ink to capture the wild places that are the inspiration for my art.