As we walk through the forest we casually take note of our surroundings. Sometimes there are moments of enchantment, of joy, even of terror. We see something that enhances our perspective, something very large or very small. Perhaps it is a pair of eyes, or ears, or a color that ignites the imagination and we are awed by what reveals itself. That is how it happens with me and I hope with you, too. And just so you know, we don’t all see the same image…that’s the mystery of looking.
Let the adventure begin.
Prepare to see amazing things.
The roads in my life started in Kansas, then on to New Jersey, off to DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree from Northwestern University, then across the country to the Northwest and San Francisco. I next landed in Hawaii and stayed for over 20 years. Coming back to the mainland, switching flip flops for skis and outrigger canoes for a dogsled, I fell in love with the landscape and sense of place in Central Oregon. Bend has been my home for more than 25 years.
I retired from teaching art to focus on my years of a love affair with high-fired clay sculpture, which has expanded to include printmaking. My day starts with a walk in the Deschutes National Forest. Aka, my Akita, requests long daily walks in the woods. He is my spirit guardian and reminds me to place my attention on the richness of our Central Oregon environment. Time in the woods is always refreshing.
My family continues to be my anchor. My daughter Amy, a cellist and Yoga instructor, lives in Spokane with her sons Alex and Atticus. My son David and his wife Greta, both architects, live in Salt Lake City with their son Alistair. Creatures Everywhere is a book dedicated to these curious and fun young boys. We love the adventure of discovering something we didn’t even know we were looking for.
I hope you also will find delight as creatures reveal themselves to you.