Mixed Media Flora and Fauna Galleries
An Adirondack Acre©
first I found myself spending summers with my two young
children in the Adirondacks, the lure of wildflowers
outside our door overtook me. By a number of years later,
I had produced more than 25 larger-than-life (some say
'bugs-eye-views') color pencil drawings of them. They
are gathered in the series I call An Adirondack
my life cycle works, I enjoyed just painting adult butterflies.
The one that most captivated me was the Karner Blue.
This tiny beauty was first identified as a separate
species by Vladimir Nabokov (author of Lolita).
In a remarkable poem, he said that he wished for no
greater honor than to be godfather to an insect!
first, the insects and amphibians that looked back at
me through my hand-lens, or flitted and buzzed overhead
as I drew, or called to me from the wetlands, were just
distractions. With time, they became a favorite subject.
me, trees are just our biggest flowering plants. After
9/11, stunned and scuffling through fallen leaves, it
struck me they were lying there beside the seeds, nuts,
acorns and cones that would someday regenerate their
species. The series of paintings that resulted is called Renewal.
call them landscapes, for me they are habitats —
places where the plants and critters I have painted
separately all fit together. In recent years, my nine
foot, 10 lb. kevlar canoe has helped me open up more
and more of these vistas where plant and wildlife play
out their dramatic struggles for survival.
Creatures, Plants & Scenes
by being surrounded and menaced at Nature Art shows
by lions and tigers and bears, I decided one day to
fight back. I created and featured a couple of carnivorous
(flesh eating) plant paintings. The following year,
the show's promotional bulletin made special note of
my 'uncultivated pants.'