I grew up in the hills of western Maine and fell in love with the forests and wildlife at an early age. I was an independent child, and from as young as three years old I was wandering away, fearlessly, into the woods by myself. I remember walking alone down a shady trail one late afternoon, around the age of five, and being startled by something Big crashing loudly through the woods beside the trail. A few moments later a large white-tailed deer came walking down the path ahead of me, and stopped not far from where I was standing. He stood and looked at me, a small skinny child with tangled blond hair and bare feet, frozen in place with wide eyes and a heart that felt like it would pound out of my chest, and then he nonchalantly began grazing on the grass growing in the center of the trail. He kept his big, curious eyes on me while he lifted his antlered head and chewed for a while, and then slowly, casually, without raising his flag of a tail, he turned and walked away. Once he was out of sight, and any danger I felt in the situation had eased, I took just a few steps before a huge owl flew directly in front of my face across the sun-streaked trail. I felt a woosh and heard the beat of his wings, he was so close. I froze again, heart still pounding, and after a few moments realized that despite my fear, I had a huge smile on my face.
From that moment on, I was hooked. It was like I had passed an initiation into a wild club, and I've never been able to get enough of nature, discovery, adventure, and exploration since. I eventually earned a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree in Wildlife, with a minor in Art, from Unity College in Maine, and worked as a research and conservation scientist. After my children were born in the early 2000's, I settled into working from home and began focusing on sharing my wild discoveries through my paintings and photography, and poetry and essays.
I'm still in western Maine, in the beautiful town of Norway, and still roaming the mountains, rivers, coastline, and wetlands of this glorious state. I hope that my work gives you some sense of the thrill of discovery, and of the deep and powerful passion I feel for my subjects.