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In 1974 I began a series of small watercolors based on photographs I took of urban scenes. The subjects were old discarded mattresses, buildings in the process of being demolished and debris scattered about empty lots. I noticed plant life struggling to survive in these blighted areas and gradually included these urban botanical specimens. Eventually I focused more on themes dealing with the natural world, such as ocean and fresh water environments. I read books on insects and took classes on pond life ecology which led to working as an artist-in-residence in Massachusetts schools. During these residencies I incorporated field trips to nature preserves where the students did observational drawing and later produced watercolors and murals. In time, my own watercolors expanded in size to 40” x 120”. I eventually created a 3-D environmental installation of cut out watercolors depicting New England pond life which filled an entire gallery at Connecticut College.

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