I am a chemist by education, a garden designer by profession and obsession, and a science and art geek by night. And, more recently, a painter of everything from galaxies and nebulas (inspired by the Hubble Space Telescope) to endangered wildlife to explorations of the Native American genocide. Oh, and also pet portraits!
As a garden designer, I am constantly reminded of the effects of human existence on the planet, particularly when it comes to water quality and usage, wildlife threats and air quality. My most recent series of paintings form a body of work called Beautiful Extinction, which includes paintings addressing wildfires, animal threats and extinction, and climate change.
As an empathizer of the Native American plight, I also create space paintings that incorporate imagined constellations based on our Native Peoples’ history. Bringing attention to this vastly undervalued cross-section of society brings my work social as well as artistic meaning.
I support many organizations geared towards wildlife and terrestrial conservation, through donations of money, garden installations and artwork. Some of my more passionate causes:
- Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, New York
- Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi, Kenya
- Natural Resources Defense Council, New York, New York
- Reef Check Foundation, Marina Del Rey, California
- Our 22-acre facility is recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat
In addition, through our own landscape design business, we have designed and installed gardens on reclaimed inner city lots in Rochester, New York, both as a way of healing the earth and engaging inner city residents in garden design, installation and care.