“Interest in Nature in some form is almost universal. Often people are unaware of it until it is by chance stimulated.”
- Thornton W. Burgess
I was in my early twenties when introduced to birding by my future husband. Along with that discovery came exposure to the magnificent naturalist artists who documented the world’s wonders—Audubon, Bierstadt, Catesby, Fuertes, Rungius.
As a birder, I am drawn to explore diverse natural areas from desert to estuary, rainforest to tundra. I’ve traveled through six continents and seen nearly a quarter of the world’s species of birds. I’ve seen places that will be etched in my memory forever: the great mammal migration stretching across the plains of East Africa; the kaleidoscope of colorful sea life on the Great Barrier Reef; the dazzling clouds of butterflies when sun breaks through at Iguazu Falls.
I began plein-air painting as a child, filling sketchbooks with pastel drawings and watercolors of the Maine coast on family vacations. I’ve lived in many parts of the US from the mid-west, to mid-Atlantic, New England, California and Hawaii. For the past eight years, I’ve lived in Colorado. In 2009, I began painting with the Plein Air Painters of Estes Park (PAPEP). That year I also switched from watercolors to oil paints.
People get so caught up in daily routines of work, play, social interaction, and electronic entertainment that we tune out the natural world around us. Painting outdoors reinforces my connection to nature. The act of painting enhances my appreciation for what I see and the product provides a lasting remembrance of places I love.
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