Forest Walk (Lichen & Branch)
graphite, watercolor pencil, acrylic
Artist Residency 2018
Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon
September 17-30, 2018
In the summer of 2017, I met Judith Li on the train from Portland to Seattle. I was concluding my west coast "grand tour," which began in Los Angeles. There were no seats in the Cafe Car, so I asked Judy if I could join her at her table. I learned that she is a "semi-retired" Associate Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, with a keen interest in the intersections of art and science. When I told her I was an environmental artist a lively conversation ensued. Judy told me about the Long-Term Ecological Reflections Program at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, which offers residencies to writers and artists. She encouraged me to apply. We exchanged emails before saying our goodbyes.
The result of that chance encounter led to my residency, thanks to Judy and the generosity of Fred Swanson, a retired Forest Service scientist who has studied the Andrews Forest for 40 years. I recently spent two weeks at the Andrews. On these pages are some of my resulting artworks, thinking, and photographs of this magical place.
Special thanks to Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council for professional development support from the Artist Opportunity Grant program. The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is a collaboration among the Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University; the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program; and the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.