I am one of those people who look deeply into our world, the places, and folk, and events I encounter. Living in the Pacific Northwest has inspired me to write, teach, and make art about how things are here, or how I see them, the way they could be. Most of my expression is in photography and writing. Creativity and nature are at the heart of almost everything I do. My studio is full of projects in progress and objects waiting for me to explore. Fabric, paint, bones, beads, boxes . . . Occasionally I play violin, piano, and drums.
I have lived mostly on Washington’s North Olympic Peninsula and in Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. I love the outdoors! I hike, kayak, bike, ski, and garden. Currently I spend most of my time in the Rockies.
I teach writing and literature, art, humanities, drama, and environmental education. I am an artist in residence for local schools, teaching theater arts. This fall I will direct a children’s theater production. I’ve worked in public schools and marine science centers and Olympic National Park, and shipboard on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. My masters degree is Arts in Education from Lesley University.
My writing is influenced by plenty of experiences, but mainly by my Uncle Clarence. We began sending each other letters and post cards when I was 12. If only I could express ideas as concisely as he. Can I create images for you as you read my pieces? Please comment about that. Listening and observing are key to developing stories and voice. I learned storytelling in my work on the Pacific coast.
I work by contract and commission. I have published photographs, feature articles, field guides, curriculum guides, and information materials. Fiction and creative nonfiction tug at me. You’ll see some of it developing in my blog.
About this blog
This blog shows some of my writing and art samples. It’s a place for me to continue writing and teaching, especially about nature and people and places worth meeting. If you like storytelling and poetry with illustrations, this is a place to watch as I turn entries from more than 45 journals into, well wait and see. We’ll both be surprised.
Your feedback helps me become the writer and artist, indeed the person, I want to be. Please leave comments. I want to connect with my readers, and fellow writers, artists, and teachers. I want to connect with you.