A Purpose-driven Life & Business Model
I believe in being of service to my community and thus I often volunteer my artwork and design skills to environmental organizations, my time to ecological restoration projects, and my teaching to children in outdoor education programs. I also donate $100 for each guest who attends one of my Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holidays, in support of a conservation group in the areas we visit.
Recent Community Work & Donations
Macaws Forever, Jalisco, Mexico. 2017
This organization works in the state of Jalisco to educate local groups about endangered birds, primarily the Military Macaw, and also conduct research and population surveys of this beautiful and threatened species. I donated a portion of the proceeds from my sketching tour, and also created this bird sketching handout for them to use when visiting school groups.
Vallarta Bird Festival, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 2015 and 2016. Taught free bird sketching workshops for kids and adults as part of the Vallarta Bird Festival.
American Bird Conservancy‘s project to protect the Honduran Emerald hummingbird, an endangered species that resides close to where I lead my Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holidays. Together with my partner at Paradise Birding, we donated $1,400 in 2016.
Birds Caribbean,20th Annual Meeting. 2015. I participated in the international meeting in Jamaica of BirdsCaribbean, an organization dedicated to studying and helping to conserve the endemic and migratory birds of the Caribbean, many of which are endangered. I gave presentations and workshops, as well as leading children’s activities as part of the BirdSleuth Program co-developed by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Additionally, I donated an original painting of an endemic Jamaican bird species, the Red-billed Streamertail hummingbird, to the fundraising auction in support of BirdsCaribbean’s conservation work.
23rd Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer, Alaska. 2014. I painted a custom watercolor of a local bird species entitled “Lapland Longspur & Lupines on St. Paul Island, Alaska” to be auctioned in their fundraiser.
Nature Sketchers & Journalers Meetup group of Bend, Oregon. Founder and leader. 2014-2017 (ongoing).
Young Birders of Bend, Oregon. Led bird sketching activities to deepen understanding of bird anatomy. 2014.
Audubon Society of Bend, Oregon. Donations to annual fundraising auction of original watercolors of local species (including the Gray Jay below) and private bird drawing workshops.2012-2016 (ongoing).
Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua. Donated money earned from my bird henna paintings. 2013.
Migratory Bird Festival, Harney County, Oregon. Led bird sketching workshops for kids and adults. 2014.
Past Community Work
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ National Conferences- Speaker on topics of salmon life cycles and of carnivorous plant diversity, California Chapter Secretary.
California Native Plant Society and Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society- presentations.
South Yuba River Citizens League – Wild & Scenic Film Festival volunteer.
Friends of Deer Creek/Sierra Streams Institute -Created 100+ illustrations of stream invertebrates for The Bug Book and conducted stream surveys to monitor the health of local watersheds.
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators California Chapter- secretary, 2006-2011.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory – Newsletter writer & illustrator, and taught scientific illustration workshops
The Nature Conservancy, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Marine Mammal Center and Northcoast Environmental Center– Environmental education internships.
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue
Closest to my heart is my dog rescue work I did for 5 years after my first golden retriever passed away. I volunteered at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, assisting with placing dogs in adoptive homes, grooming and handling dogs and fostering 3 dogs with cancer to live out the remainder of their lives with me, pampered and spoiled. I would still be volunteering today, if I hadn’t moved away and been on the road so much for my jobs.
Please consider a rescued pup for your next best fur friend.
Future Donation Goals and how you can help
As my business grows, I hope to donate a larger portion of my earnings in support of environmental preservation, restoration and wildlife conservation. And I hope to lend my design and marketing skills to help fledgling conservation organizations get their message out to a larger audience. You can help me to achieve these goals by purchasing one of my online nature sketching courses or joining me on one of my Birds & Blossoms Nature Sketching Holidays,