i am an environmental studies and art student at Colby-Sawyer College

Both environmental studies and art are heavily dependent on observation. As an Environmental studies student, I have learned to observe the patterns, changes, and systems in the world around me and build off those observations to form and test a hypothesis. As an artist, I pay careful attention to my surroundings and respond to them through my art. The two areas of study provide a much-needed balance in my life and, in the end, I am a better scientist because I am an artist and a better artist because I am a scientist. My art is my way of telling about my astonishment with the world. My astonishments do not tend to be born out of grand landscapes and sights but rather gives light to the everyday movements and small details that capture my attention with their quiet beauty. My scenes of everyday moments feel like breaths or heartbeats. They are quiet and tend to be rooted in a strong sense of place. 



In college, I have focused my coursework on painting, drawing, and ceramics. I recently spent a summer semester at the Florence School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy experimenting with printmaking techniques as well as plein air acrylic painting. The second half of my summer was spent interning for Karen Talbot in Rockland, Maine. Here, I began my journey with scientific illustration - the perfect intersection of my two passions. In high school I interned for Kara Bigda, a watercolor artist located in Central Massachusetts. 



I have experimented working in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital media. My works tend to be realistic but with a slight illustrative quality in my mark-making. I work primarily in paint but oscillate between using oils, watercolor, and gouache. I will often work in the transparent mediums of watercolor and gouache for a few months then begin to crave a more opaque medium of oil and vice versa. These mediums require completely different approaches and processes but the switch is always refreshing and sparks new ideas.