During my childhood summers, I explored our land along the Beaver River in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. In the midst of my large, extended family and under the tutelage of my maternal grandmother, I learned about native plants. My cousins, younger brother and I gathered on our grandmother's screened porch, where we poured over faded photographs in old botany books hoping to identify plants found on our property and recorded their names in our small, spiral-bound notebooks.

I majored in Elementary Education at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and in Botany at the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, I worked as a botanist for the United States Forest Service and for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and also as a private botanical consultant.

When the younger of my two sons was a toddler, I began drawing the natural forms that I had spent a lifetime studying.

I live in Northern California with my husband, sons, our black Lab and the wild animals that roam our property on Banner Mountain.

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