Art, Hikes & Powerpoints


Morningstar studio is where the art happens. I have been out and about leading hikes on Sugarloaf, selling art, and giving a power point presentation.

Melanie and I gave a power point presentation Tuesday night before the Maryland Native Plant Society.  Our first time using power point together, our setup was  as Melanie described  ‘like Dueling Banjos”.  The audience got a kick out of our side by side projectors and Melanie and I really enjoyed the back and forth conversation. We coordinated our images and comments to describe how we work together.  Writing and Creating art in the field and in the studio.

Melanie and I spent 10 years on Sugarloaf  Mountain documenting in 2 books, the flora and history of this beloved monadnock mountain.  This presentation to the native plant society described our working collaboration on the books, as well as our  bimonthly ‘Wildflower in Focus’ column.

I had a lot of fun describing my art process…and sharing with the botanists in the group, how much their field observations in an exchange, informed the drawings.

My work process varies…sometimes the field art sketches and tonal studies take a long time, before I can approach the color art.  Other times I can create the color art  for the website straight from the line drawing.  It just depends on what I am discovering each time I sit with the plant.  I described that in sketches, photos, and  paintings.


I now have a keynote presentation, I am feeling very good.