I am an artist, ecologist, educator and activist. As an environmental scientist, I specialize in post-fire resiliency in coastal sage scrub and work as a restoration planner for CA State Parks. Over the past 25 years I have had a career as an environmental artist and educator.
My current research includes building indigenous partnerships to steward public lands, grassroots greening, and generating protect white sage campaigns. I founded and direct “Farm Unfixed,” a native habitat and regenerative systems research project and high school science internship program on family land I steward in the southern Missouri Ozarks.
In my artwork I have investigated apple breeding, bumblebee foraging, and native bee habitat with environmental scientists. My ten year survey Fruiting Bodies (2019-2020) at Descanso Gardens included educational programming and projects around native bee habitat. a better nectar, a exhibition based on the symbiosis between bumblebees and the plants they pollinate, premiered at the University Art Museum at CSU-Long Beach and traveled to the Gillespie Science Museum.
I am a recent graduate of UCI’s Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science program and received my MFA from CalArts (1996). I currently teach at ArtCenter where I helped form the ArtCenter Faculty Federation (CFT local 5648). Past grants and fellowships include: California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles, Reed Foundation, Metabolic Studios, and the Graham Foundation. Press includes: KCET, KCRW, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Forum, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others.