Drawing and painting have always given me great pleasure, and through making images I’ve tried to speak – in the way a visual artist speaks – about things that matter. Important themes include the natural world we live in and our ways of living in it.
For many years landscape inspired my art. At one point I wanted to learn more about the subtropical mangrove swamps I’d known as a child, so I traveled to Costa Rica where I first encountered a tropical rain forest. That led me to further investigations of these forests, their people, and their problems.
I spent a year and a half in Central America. I found myself making pen and ink drawings of people and places that told stories of forest preservation (or not). The anthropologist in me was intrigued by how people responded to my drawing them. I also collaborated with various local groups, providing illustrations for projects designed to slow or stop forest degradation.
Back in northeast Ohio, I'm still interested in how we inhabit our particular land and place. While it’s always harder to see one’s own culture from the outsider’s vantage, making images is one way for me to respond to this question.