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A native of Miami, Florida, my life-long connection with the natural environment began while exploring coastal waters and mangrove forests as a child. My passion for art was later set in motion at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where I studied painting, drawing, art history and sculpture, completing a BFA in 1984. Since then, I have worked as an artist, science writer and educator.


A fascination with hand papermaking processes led me to complete an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa with a focus on Asian papermaking techniques and sculpture (2016).

My recent work is a response to liber naturae (the Book of Nature), an idea tracing back to generations of philosophers who considered the natural world a source of limitless “text” to be studied as a “symbolic repository of divine wisdom” (Augustine).


Drawing (right) is my 2nd grade interpretation of science. 


*August 2019

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