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Why Urban Nature?
As the Earth becomes more developed, with rapidly expanding megacities and the increased conversion of land to urban use, the human race faces challenges like global climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity. We have an opportunity and an obligation to create cities that are healthier for people, wildlife, and plants. Through art, I hope to raise awareness about ways we can experience and support the nature around us — whether it exists in our city, suburb, or small town.
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Although they are not always visible, frogs and toads reside in urban and suburban environments. They are vital to our ecosystem, serving as predator and prey in the food chain, while providing insect control. These small creatures are easily disregarded in our daily lives but are threatened by loss of wetlands, increasing pollutants, and the chytrid fungus which has caused population declines throughout the world.
To help support frog conservation, I'm creating a series of paintings and felted Ghost Frogs and donating a portion of each sale to the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which manages programs like FrogWatch USA.
As a lifelong environmentalist, I am fascinated by the relationships between humans, wildlife and the environment. My paintings, video and sound works have been shown in Virginia and Chicago.
Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College Chicago
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts, Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University