My family, who loved the beauty of the outdoors, instilled in me an awe of the natural world and picturesque places, supporting everything creative. Older siblings taught me to draw, and parents oohed and ahhed as if each crude drawing was the best art they’d ever seen.  One grandmother taught me crafts on the porch of the Adirondack camp her father had built. She exemplified service and compassion and took me along to the ASPCA shelter and senior home she ran simultaneously in her seventies.  My other grandmother gave me a treasured book of cartoons by Charles Addams.  I poured over cartoons by Addams and Charles Schultz and pictures by master illustrators NC Wyeth, Garth Williams and Ernest Shephard. My larger-than-life uncle, Josh Miner, founded Outward Bound USA, and a college Outward Bound program taught me about self-worth as a team member and solidified my commitment to our natural environment.

In college I had the privilege of studying art with Ashley Bryan and French with John Rassias. These two men have touched countless people with their vision, love, and pure enthusiasm for their work.  The most influential teachers for me in architecture school ware Charles W. Moore, Cesar Pelli, Alec Purves, Fred Koetter, Pritzker Laureate James Stirling, and M. J. Long. They represented a wide spectrum of approaches to design that fostered inclusiveness as well as rigorous excellence.  After graduation I worked for Charles Moore at Moore, Grover, Harper (now Centerbrook), executing a museum and arts complex, urban design, and two passive solar houses in the pioneer days of sustainable design. At the Vermont Studio CenterWolf Kahn and Ida Kohlmeyer had a profound impact on the way I percieve color and composition.  I studied book illustration at the DeCordova Museum with Caldecott honoree Ilse Plume.  Illustrating stories by friend and collaborator Sara Hunter has been an adventure in art and life.