BEGINNINGS

As a child I made books, miniatures, dioramas, drawings, and dwellings.  A passion I could only fulfill in my imagination helped me learn to draw;  without many opportunities to ride, constantly drawing horses filled the void.  I’m still transported by the creative process of getting to know characters in my illustrations, basking in a landscape (painting) started on location, or exploring 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.  I felt as drawn to the way the light hit the landscape and buildings as to the architecture itself.  When I returned I opened my own office, giving 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, books, and paintings while starting a family.  After a decade we returned to Massachusetts.  Buildings tell stories; historic preservation and adapting old buildings to modern uses and sensibilities have become specialties.  As a landscape painter, I bring an interdisciplinary approach to siting a building harmoniously, thoughtfully creating indoor/outdoor relationships.  I design for regional context using local materials, diminishing carbon footprint and contributing 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.  I enjoy sharing with students of all ages the process of creating art, a book or a place we inhabit.  My goal is to help clients realize their hopes and dreams, restoring and creating places that will lift the spirit for years into the future.

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