I hike often and enjoy recording images of native plants and other natural objects. Usually I just use graphite, black ink pen and color pencils for my sketchbook. Upon returning home, I work at my studio creating finished drawings in colored pencils and watercolor. I like to visit the same plant over a course of a year to see how it changes and what kind of wildlife it attracts. My fascination with native plants has evolved over the years and has been inspired by foraging for native plants (mushrooms and berries), studying Indigenous cultures of Americas and my love of art. Growing up in Poland I have foraged often with my parents and grandparents for wild edible fruits, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms. Moving to Oregon Coast I have become interested in native plants of the Pacific Northwest, at the same time I am alarmed by the disappearing forests and the diminishing native plant population. While drawing native plants I hope to impart not just the beauty of the plants but also the importance of the diversity of native plants for our ecosystem.
I have earned a B.A. degree in Art, B.A degree in International Studies, and M.A.T. degree from Pacific University. I teach Botanical Drawing, Natural Science Illustration and Art of Ethnobotany courses at various community centers. I have taught Art, Spanish and ESL at middle school, high school and community college levels. I am a member of Oregon Botanical Artists Circle and American Society of Botanical Artists.
I have self published three coloring books for children titled: ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal Pacific Northwest, Native Berries of the Pacific Northwest, and Creatures of Haystack Rock. I live in Seaside, Oregon with my husband, miniature schnauzer and other wild creatures of the forest.