After two years of collecting, shooting, printing & writing, I’ve hung my show at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Titled ‘Dispersal’, the exhibit includes 33 seed pod photographs, selected companion writing, and a wonderful curricula compiled by the Arboretum’s curators. One can wonder at the bright pinks in my Euonymus carnosus print, then take a map for a self-guided tour of my collection locations in the gardens — while it’s hard to miss the dell of Euonymus fuschias, the Chinese Cork Oak (Quercus variabilis)[1] is tucked away on a hill. The show opened with a reception & my artist’s talk & will be up through January 28th.

The show is comprised of 33 prints of seed pods collected at the Arnold Arboretum, and is on display at the Hunnewell Building on the Arborway. October 26, 2013 through January 28, 2014.

[1] I collected dozens of acorns from ground beneath the Chinese Cork Oak (Quercus variabilis), but this specimen was an obvious choice for a portrait. Medusa or a 70s British rocker?



In conjunction with my exhibit, the Arboretum’s quarterly magazine, Arnoldia, published a seven-page spread of my work. The issue is Volume 71, Number 2. Editor Nancy Rose included six of my full specimen portraits (seed pod photographs & companion texts) and an introduction discussing the project & illustrated with two photographs of collection locations (Lotusland Gardens in Montecito, California & a field near Jarmo, in Iraqi Kurdistan). Published since 1911, the magazine is a wonderful collaboration between living collection curators, research scientists, and contributing writers. I was extremely honored to have been invited to contribute. A full pdf of the story is here.



!UPDATE!: 01.20.14 University of Chicago Press is very interested & reviewing the proposal. Fingers crossed. !UPDATE!

Way back in April, a publisher in the U.K. contacted me to write a proposal for a book about educational botanic wall charts. So many months later, we finished! My research involved discussing the project with repositories & libraries around the world whose collections include original prints of the charts. Here is an excerpt from the introduction I wrote:

More than an archive of illustration and inquiry, this book documents an extraordinary convergence of disciplines that flourished in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Europe was emerging from a golden age of botanical illustration, naturalists were exploring the globe, and a clamoring for knowledge of the natural world was manifest everywhere.A pedagogical curiosity was no longer limited to elite salons and research; education was now considered a right afforded to all, in classrooms across the continent.And thus the botanical wall chart was born: a synthesis of art, science, and education.”

Plate: Wild Arum (Arum maculatum), Dr. P. Esser (author) & Karl Bollmann (illustrator), Germany, from the book ‘Die Giftpflanzen Deutschlands’ (Poisonous Plants of Germany), published by Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn, Braunschweig, circa 188x.

‘Forme delle parti del fiore’ (Shapes of the parts of the flower), author: Prof Antonio Nerviani ; Antonio Vallardi (editor), Italy, from the book ‘Morfología y biología de las plantas’ (Morphology & biology of plants), published by School and Scientific Material, 1910.

MARCH 2013

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles commissioned me to shoot seed pods for an upcoming exhibit about biodiversity in Los Angeles. We collected specimens, which I photographed for a section on the diet of foraging parrots in the city.

Red flowering gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon)

Fortunately I knew exactly where the silk floss trees (Ceiba speciosa) grow in Los Angeles: a (very narrow) median strip on Fairfax between Sunset and Santa Monica. The mission required a pole pruner and an assistant to catch specimens before they fell into passing convertibles.


I’ve moved back to Los Angeles (where the Dispersal project began) and am shooting specimens that I collected at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, for an exhibition that opens this October.

Tree of heaven (Carpinus tschonoskii)

Golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

Who will build me a studio with specimen shelving?