I create and deliver impactful interdisciplinary art units and lessons that creatively promote pollinator awareness. Over and over, research shows that kids who receive art lessons while young become more imaginative, creative, open-minded, and well rounded adults. As you may know, creativity is an essential part of intelligence, and is often used as a gauge for measuring IQ.
Connection, communication, heart, and soul. Passion.
I have come a long way as an artist, even so, I know I am not even halfway there. Truthfully, I don't know where there is and I don't want to. A destination point signifies an ending. Art, for me, is always a beginning-an infinite beginning- a never ending journey. Where creation is concerned, finality is not something I believe in. I am always a student-always learning, observing, evolving and changing.
My heart often dictates the journeys but Mother Nature is a gentle guide and her children, Fauna and Flora captivate my desire to create. My works give a voice to a greater cause, a purpose to bring awareness to an audience ready to hear a message. Being able to use my gifts for art and teaching to connect people to the world of pollinators, insects, and wildlife is rewarding.
I want everyone to understand that they have the vision and voice within themselves to speak for causes that are near and dear to their hearts. They are Creative Beeings whether they make art, music, take pictures, write stories or poetry, they too hold the power to advocate for the natural world and all of those who reside there. Humans often forget, they too, are a part of this natural world. It is our home, and its time we start taking care of it.
Are you interested in learning more about bees and pollinators?
Head on over to the Planet Bee Foundation! They are now offering virtual distance learning bee lessons for individuals, schools and non-profits.
I am an established self-representing artist and educator. I obtained my BFA from The Hartford Art School with a Major in Illustration (focus in children's book illustration). I also studied photography and art history (with a focus on sacred and pre-Christian ancient art).
I received my MAT/MFA at The Maryland Institute College of Art.
Classes & Workshops
These classes and workshops are designed for those beekeepers wanting to add a splash of color and design to their boxes was still keeping them functional and long lasting.
My beekeeping classes are designed for those who have a great interest in gentle, ethical, sustainable, and as close to natural beekeeping practices as we can get. I am all about putting bees first.
My place or yours, child or adult! I offer drawing, painting, photography, and digital art courses for beginner and advanced artists. Intro to macro-photography and photographing insects is a blast! Drawing and painting insects from life gives you a much more intimate connection with the natural world!