I grew up in Essex, Vermont with the Browns River in my back yard. The Browns begins its course on Mount Mansfield as a small rocky stream. It flows through Underhill into Jericho, cascading over boulders and swirling around potholes. In Essex the soil becomes sand and the river’s winding course changes noticeably each year. Growing up, I found both peace and inspiration on the ever shifting sandy shores of the river. It was my favorite subject as I learned to paint in high school art classes. Sometimes I brought canvases down to the river and worked from life, mixing sand and seedpods directly into the paint.
After high school I traveled in Europe and Asia with support from Colby-Sawyer College. I learned to use drawing and painting as a way to slow down and take in what I was seeing amid a flood of brand new experiences. Whether walking to the river or flying half-way around the world, I found that art was a way to connect with my environment, to carry beauty home with me, and to share that beauty with others. More recent travels have taken me to the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. These trips have inspired practices like plant and mushroom identification, foraging for wild food and medicine, nature photography, and poem writing, all of which are now vital to my art making.
I have exhibited my paintings and photographs in art venues in Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec, as well as in studio events like The Five Dollar Art Sale. I also share my work as the co-host of a live monthly television program on CCTV channel 17 called “The Poetry Show: Arts and Activism” and as the publisher of a series of photo-poem books called Mushroom Magic. I work out of Eight Space Studios in the South End Arts District of Burlington.