Favorite Quote: “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

        -- John J. Audubon

Visit my Sketching from Nature workshop information page here.

Visit my Drawn to Nature workshop information page here. (Professional development workshop)

Visit my new A Sense of Place workshop information page here. (Place-based and travel journaling)


When you learned to walk you did so through trial and error and through the emulation of others, with a little guidance from a knowledgable “expert” or two. You did the same thing when learning your first language. There were no grades, and there was no such thing as “failure” -- only the occasional mistake (which you evaluated and learned from before moving onward and upward.) Learning to draw, paint, or keep an art journal should follow the same learning model. And that’s what workshops do! No grades, no confusing jargon, and no rules (except, maybe, the ones you set for yourself) -- just learning through doing (with a dose of fun, camaraderie, and mutual respect thrown in for good measure!)

Why draw?

In the Digital Age “why draw?” is a very valid question. The answer is that drawing better helps you to see. A point and shoot camera can take a passable photo of a subject you’re not even looking at. (Try it. Look in one direction while pointing your camera in the opposite. Now press the shutter button and look at the LCD screen.) But nothing goes into your drawing -- into your journal -- until you have first seen it, become consciously aware of at least some details, and have decided to put it into your drawing.

Journaling enables you to “unplug”, to slow down, to observe more, to learn something new, to lose yourself in nature (and maybe find yourself again), and to have FUN! (And for little more than the price of a pencil, a few sheets of paper, and a flat surface to serve as a drawing board.)

I currently offer three live & in-person journaling workshops: Sketching from Nature (geared to the interests of the general public and open to all who are interested, regardless of age or experience level); Drawn to Nature (a workshop specifically designed for educators and institutions interested in nature journaling as an experiential, multi-disciplinary teaching tool); and A Sense of Place (a workshop that teaches participants to create a personal record of the geography and cultural history of a specific place -- be it their back yard, Paris or Kathmandu.)

If you would like more detailed information about the Sketching from Nature workshop please click here. For details on the Drawn to Nature workshop please click here. And to learn more about A Sense of Place you can click here. (You can also click on an individual workshop title in the sidebar to the left.)

If you have any additional questions, would like to receive a brochure, or require group pricing information, please email me. (See link at bottom of page.)

And now you or your group can pay for a workshop via PayPal. It’s safe, secure, and convenient!


BREAKING NEWS (October 2015)

I am pleased to announce that -- during my stay as Artist-in-Residence at Zion National Park this Oct. and Nov. -- I will be doing two free public presentations.

The first presentation will be in the Art Department at Southern Utah University on October 29 (contact the art department for details.) And the second presentation will be as guest speaker at the 2015 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational on November 4 (see ZNPPAAI website for further information.)

I am also working on a possible travel/nature journaling workshop -- to be offered free for park visitors during my residency. (Stay tuned for further details.)


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