|Portrait of a Weed|
The two things this blog focuses on most are very interconnected for me: Art and Natural History .
Several years ago, I became fascinated with how nature exists in an urban environment and started to observe the wildlife that is taken for granted in cities. What were those things growing between the sidewalk cracks and along the interstate embankments? What about the humble pigeon? Did anyone care about them or were they just a nuisance? Well, I decided I cared about them.
I am not a scientist by any stretch of the imagination. My experience is from citizen science projects, reading, workshops, and observations. Observations are the most satisfying, but my observations do not pretend to be scientific. They are more in the line of when, many years ago, I noticed that the Flintstones seemed an awful lot like the Honeymooners, then found out some time later that my observation had some credence. Basically, it is so much more fun to discover something on your own.
Aside from natural history and art, this blog will also feature posts on what I call the "cultural landscape" which are ways that humans impact their surroundings.About the Author
My name is Diane. I have spent most of my life working as an artist and more recently as a gardener. Currently, I live in the south and have become very involved in natural history and the environment. I am very proud to be a member of Central Carolina Master Naturalists, an organization that promotes stewardship and service in the field of natural history. One of my volunteer jobs is to collect wild plants for the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies. Natural history and the environment have always been a central theme to my artwork. Currently, I am employed on a small commercial farm and am working on a group of small scale paintings and artist books featuring plant prints.
Selected Past affiliations include:
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Delphi Art Futures Artist in Residence (2012 - 2016)
Delaware Museum of Art, Printmaking Instructor (2013 - 2016)
The Hill School, Artist in Residence for Printmaking (2009 - 2015)
Art-Reach, Roster Artist (2013 - 2016)
New Courland Artists Fellowship (2009)
Philadelphia Sketch Club, Executive Director (2003 - 2006)
Glen Ford on the Delaware, Gardener (2016 season)
Master Gardener, Penn State Extension, Philadelphia County
Some of the public and corporate collections that include my work are The Free Library of Philadelphia and a NJ based healthcare system called AtlantiCare
Publications where my artwork has been reviewed are the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia City Paper, and Philadelphia Weekly Press