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ABOUT me

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I was one of those kids who needed art and frequent solitude.  I have no memory of a time when I wasn't drawing or creating in some way.  I have reached a point in my life where I consider art-making to be an integral part of "self",  my lifestyle, and not simply something that I do.  I have been given beautiful opportunities to experiment, play and learn.  This has led me to a passion for mixed-media art-making, and creative processes that feel organic and natural.  I have also begun to explore my own form of cartography, creating a form of map-making that illustrates a link between the land that I love, and the people that live in an ongoing cycle with that land.

My work is generally closely connected to nature, whether through content or aesthetics.  I am able to combine some of my strongest passions into my work; art, human ecology, and natural science.  It is my hope that the little messages that I pass along with each composition speak to others about our primitive ties to this planet, and the impact that we have on everything around us, including one another.  

Why Waterbear Arts?

The Waterbear is a tiny, microscopic animal, also known as the Tardigrade.  It is found pretty much anywhere on the planet, primarily due to its extreme survival abilities.  It can survive 100 years without water, exist in toxic volcanic conditions, lives on through nuclear fallout, and even the vacuum of outer space!  Under a microscope, you will discover a pudgy critter with multiple pudgy legs and a funny round mouthpart giving it, to some, an adorable appearance.  It is a survivor.  It is resilient - And in the eye of the beholder, it can be beautiful.  I relate to this animal, and have had a fascination with its design since I first learned about its existence.

Education:

I have had an unusual educational journey, studying disciplines such as law, ecology, natural history, art, photography, and intermedia.  

A.S. in Paralegal Studies, Beal College

B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Maine

Currently pursuing M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Maine, with a focus in Art and Cultural Anthropology, as it relates to Maine Studies