ecologist and artist
I am currently serving as the Mountain Ecology Field Technician with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies through ECO AmeriCorps. I graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in 2021 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Studio Art. As an Environmental studies student, I 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. 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 give 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.
n college, I focused my coursework on painting, drawing, and ceramics. I 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. In 2019, I interned with Karen Talbot, a conservation illustrator 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. In my current position at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, I am utilizing my experience in scientific illustration to create guides that will help community scientists identify species and collect data.
I have experiment with drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital media. My works tend to be realistic with an 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.