When I wasn’t on the computer or making art, I was playing in the urban wilderness. The concept of wilderness existing in the city might sound odd, but you only need to think of the slip of forest tucked away in between downtown streets or the wetland area set aside for the birds and other creatures who prefer that habitat. For me, it was the empty quarter acre lot next to my childhood home. Here I could find a family of foxes living alongside a nearby canal or the hidden wildflower patch where I searched for purple tulips each spring.
These days, I’m working as a Program Assistant for the Idaho Master Gardener Program. My purpose there is to help teach people about nature and gardening and, most importantly in my mind, create and update educational materials to be accessible, interesting, and beautiful.