Through field research and exploration, my work interprets man’s relationship with the American wilderness. To that end, I work on projects which increase public interest in America’s remaining back country. I use the cultural arts as a bridge for the public to understand the importance of conservation. My approach is both scientific and intuitive, meaning that the research is based on fact, but my interpretation is often presented in otherworldly landscapes inspired by visual imagery.
The greater Everglades region has proven to be a contested landscape in need of advocates for improved water conditions. While critical themes such as sea level rise and misplaced populations are common in contemporary art, I strive to incorporate color drenched narratives within layers of constructed imagery. My work attempts to demystify Everglades’ issues by presenting the viewer with layers of photography and painting which tell the story of a unique culture under past and present conditions. Interweaving the disciplines of art, science and historical preservation through a visual medium will ultimately help people understand the wonder of Florida’s diverse habitats and inhabitants.
As humans residing in the Anthropocene era, we look to history and science for guidance when interpreting the rapidly changing world. By immersing myself in critical biospheres, then using archival research, photography, sketching, painting, and writing, I attempt to understand our past and present relationship to the land. Based on written histories and outings with scientists, Native Americans and park rangers over the last 12 years in the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park, I explore how our sense of place, or home, has had an effect on the environment. My position as Creative Director at the Artist in Residence in the Everglades Program (AIRIE, Inc.) provides me with the perfect vehicle to share and disseminate these experiences with other artists. My work with AIRIE, combined with my art practice, are rooted in my firm desire to pass on critical interpretations of nature’s bounty in way that’s very approachable to the public at large, and that hopefully results in an awareness and appreciation of our dwindling natural resources.
VISUAL ARTIST / CONSULTANT / CURATOR
-Creative Director, AIRIE, 2019-present
-Executive Director, AIRIE, Inc., (Artists in Residence in Everglades)
Everglades National Park, FL, 2014 - 2018
-Working directly with artists while in residence to facilitate optimal outcomes
-Working with the Board of Directors to implement policy
-Developing annual outreach programming tailored to the selected artists
-Directing the annual artist jurying process
-Coordinating grant proposals with programming
-Directing all Social Media
-Curating exhibitions and performances
-Communicating all AIRIE business to the Everglades National Park
-Member, Airie Board of Directors, 2013
-Panelist, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs 2019-2020
-Adjunct Environmental Arts Teacher, The Cushman School, 2011-2014
-Developed environmental education program in the Elementary Science Lab as an extension of studio practice
-Directed award winning Fairchild Challenge Program submissions
-Directed annual field trips to preserves, parks and artists studios
-From Reality to Memory, mia galleries, MIami International Airport
- All Florida, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL - Backcountry, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, FL
- The Elliot Museum’s 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Stuart, FL
Witness To Creativity II, The Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand, FL
Summer Installations, Women’s Park, Miami, FL
- Coastal Forests, The Young At Art Children’s Museum, Davie, FL
Documenting Our Contemporary Wetlands, Museum of the Everglades City, FL, and The Montauk Library, Montauk, NY - The Wetlands Project, Project Room, BAC, Miami, FL
-In Deep, The Deering Estate, Miami, FL - Coastal Forests, Biscayne Nature Center, Miami, FL Sculpture: an Invitational, Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL
- THE PRESERVE, Big Cypress Welcome Center, Swenson Gallery, FL
- Wilderness and the Unconscious, the Audrey Love Gallery, Miami,FL -The Florida Landscape, Swenson Gallery, Miami, FL - Arts for A Better World, Soho Studios, Miami, FL
-Fragile, The AIRIE Collection, AIRIE Nest Gallery, Everglades National Park
-SEREPENS: Serenoa repens, Robert Chambers, AIRIE Nest, Everglades National Park, and mia galleries, MIami International Airport
-Blooming World, Elisabeth Condon, AIRIE Nest, Everglades National Park, FL
-The Unavoidable Twilight, AIRIE Nest, Everglades National Park
-Exotic Invasion, AIRIE Nest, Everglades National Park
-I Love You Before, I Love You Now, I Love You After, Harumi Abe, AIRIE Nest, Everglades National Park
- Flight, ArtCenter South Florida, Museum of Florida Arts and Culture, Avon park, MDC Homestead, FL
-AnthropoScene, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, FL
RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
-AS IF Art + Science Residency, North Carolina
-Ucross Foundation, Wyoming
-Big Cypress National Preserve,
-Artist in Residence Grant, Miami Dade Parks and Recreation, Miami, FL
- New York Foundation for the Arts fiscal sponsorship, Documenting our
SELECT PANELS, LECTURES
-Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, juror
-Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami FL
-The Miami International Book Fair, Miami , FL
-Youth Community Outreach Presentation, Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Fl
-FIU presentation for the school of Social Work, the Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, Fl
-Love the Everglades Movement, Everglades, FL
-Over 5 years experience developing educational outreach for artists and cultural presenters.
-Funded proposal highlights: The Andy Warhol Foundation for Artists in Residence inEverglades, Knight Foundation funding for the Wild Billboard Project and AIRIE Nest, Artists in Residence In Everglades. Florida Department of Cultural Affairs funding for Sundays in the Park, Artists in Residence in Everglades. Miami-Dade County DCA funding for Sundays in the Park, Artists in Residence in Everglades. TAUK Ritzau funding for the AIRIE Nest Gallery and Flight exhibitions. Florida Humanities Council funding for Getting the Water Right, Artists in Residence in Everglades.
-Coordinate and plan artist’s experience in the National Parks, Preserves and Public lands.
-Create Power Point presentations to support environmental art initiatives.
-Analyze residency programs to take advantage of development opportunitites and program documentation.
SELECT PUBLICATIONS, INTERVIEWS, FILM
-Introduction, SEREPENS Catalogue
-Photographs for SWAMPLIFE, Laura Ogden, Minnesota Press
-The Public Storyteller, WLRN
--Science Insider, Everglades Foundation Magazine
-Ocean Drive Magazine, Miami Beach, FL -Hamptons Magazine, East Hampton, NY
-Studio 10 TV interview, Tampa Bay, FL -Miami Herald, MIAMI, FL