BEGINNINGS

As a child, I made projects that told stories: books, miniatures, dioramas, drawings, theatre sets.  A dream I could only fulfill in my imagination helped me learn to draw; I had a passion for horses, and without many opportunities to ride, constantly drawing horses filled the void.  I’m still transported by the creative process, whether it’s getting to know characters in my illustrations, basking in a landscape (painting) started on location, or walking through a space to be built in the future.

DISCOVERY

After joining the first class with women admitted to Dartmouth College, I received a Master of Architecture at Yale and worked for award winning design firms in Connecticut, New York, and Boston.  A bike trip through Europe to sketch and photograph inspiring places solidified a vision of what was important to me in architecture.  When I returned I opened my own office, as it was easier not to have to ask permission to express that clear vision.  While I was traveling I felt as drawn to the way the light hit the landscape and buildings as to the architecture itself.  Having my own architecture office gave me the flexibility to paint and to attend programs at the Vermont Studio Center and DeCordova Museum with master artists. Later, after traveling to Greece and Turkey, where I studied classical and Middle Eastern architecture and gathered ideas for The Shepherd's Song, I moved to Arizona.

THE POETRY OF PLACE

From a studio in a historic adobe house with views across pristine desert, I completed architecture projects, two books, and paintings while starting a family.  After a decade we returned to Massachusetts, where I have an architecture office and studio at Concord's Umbrella Arts Center.  I like buildings that tell stories, so historic preservation and adapting old buildings to modern uses and sensibilities has become a specialty.  The greenest building projects are the ones that conserve existing structures as well as energy.   As a landscape painter and nature lover, my commitment to sustainable design runs  deep.  I design for regional context using local materials, which not only saves carbon footprint but contributes to what I call "the poetry of place."   This is a unique, evocative lyricism and energy in the built environment that comes from generations of responding to local climate, topography, materials, and culture.  

PAYING IT FORWARD

Architect Nick Peckham once told me, "What you do for children counts twice." Illustrating an occasional book that will inspire kids is a special privilege, and the books continue to pay me back in ways I would never have imagined.  I enjoy sharing with students of all ages the process of creating art, a book or a place we inhabit.  And I love helping my clients realize their hopes and dreams for their building projects, restoring and creating places that will lift the spirit for years into the future.

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