“As a professor, I have worked for many years in collaboration with Cornell University Botanic Gardens’ horticulturalists and directors on numerous projects linked directly with my classroom pedagogy. My goal is to ensure students are aware of Cornell Botanic Gardens and its outstanding work concerning horticulture, the environment, land preservation, and sustainability.”
I am an associate professor of print media and drawing at Cornell University and also the co-founder of the Ink Shop Printmaking Center/Olive Branch Press in Ithaca, New York. My work explores horticultural documentation reflecting science, location, and sustainability. I have exhibited nationally and internationally in venues including the He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China and Gallery Ami – Kanoko, Osaka, Japan. My work is included in permanent collections in museums such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and The Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco. I hold a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
My projects titled Motifs from My Back Yard and Motifs from the Global Back Yard are part of a continued use of horticultural forms as motif. My backyard perennial and vegetable gardens serve as a place of collaboration with the plants growing there in an endless cycle of investigation, design, regeneration and sustainability. Using lithographic drawing materials and printing I produce motif impressions that allow the plants to render an accurate physical expression.