art in nature

Visiting the studio will give  you a feel for how things are created, and you’ll be able to see pieces that won’t ever be at a gallery.  

Along with many finished pieces, you’ll see presses drying plant material, work in process, and my own collection of preserved plants – also known as an herbarium. Most universities and some botanical gardens have herbaria associated with them. It’s rare an individual has one.

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There’s a certain beauty soybean fields have, like corn or wheat fields. Where I live, they’re often surrounded by rolling hills, and might be in that rich loamy soil right next to the Missouri River. 

These images are all soybean plants preserved as art. The first three are framed, 16″ x 18″

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soybean 003 500

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And a series of five larger pieces, 24″ x 28″:

Bringing nature into your everyday living or work space creates a peaceful environment: it evokes a sense of connection to  life and the planet, and we feel good.

In ritual, art and myth, people have long expressed their reverence for the world of nature. Today, it’s the universal antidote for the stress of everyday living.

Papaya Leaf Framed

Papaya, 24″ x 28″, Matted,  Framed

Monstera Framed
Monstera, 24″ x 28″, Matted, Framed


Call to schedule a visit to my studio gallery space to see more items for sale or to pick up your purchase.

The human attraction to plant life is undeniable.  It seems mere visual contact with plants reduces stress and enhances our well being.

I present plant form as it naturally occurs as wall art. I think there are other ways to use the forms or images from them, and am wondering about  partnerships with artists in other media….aside from matted and framed art, I’ve tried sandblasting glass, bookends, glass coasters, book covers, breakfast tray surfaces, decoupage with Durwin Rice…. I’d like to see what else could be done with these images.greensburg modified

I love herbs, but I use them more to admire visually than to improve my food, which might be a more appropriate use of herbs.

We have some areas of wilderness in my nieghborhood that seem to be a perfect growing environment for a kind of wild onion. They grow and change quickly – beautiful to watch.

Savory and Wild OnionWild Onion on the right
Both are 5″ x 7″  and are sendable ($14)
Reclaimed wood frames ($12)

Three HerbsL to R: Lemon Grass, Savory, Oregano
all 5″ x 7″ Sendable ($14 ea.)

framed-oregano3Framed Oregano
12″ x 12″ ($75)

Framed TamarindFramed Tamarind
12″ x 12″ ($75)

Ginkgo trees are strange and wonderful and elegant. They’re considered to be a living fossil as the oldest tree species on the planet.

These trees are long-lived, highly resistant to disease, pests, fire, and air pollution. Thriving in harsh city environments where most trees will not survive, the most common tree on Manhattan sidewalks is ginkgo.

Many health benefits have been attributed to the extracts of the Ginkgo plant – the most  well-known is the perceived ability to improve short term memory.

Ginkgo leaf

These small matted Ginkgo pieces are just under 5″ x 7.” They’re folded and stand upright.
$14 ea. plus $1.50 shipping.  I will select your card or you may shop from a selection at my studio gallery north of Parkville. Call      816-584-2625      for an appointment.

More examples of Ginkgo:

Ginkgo 1 lft

Ginkgo 2


The Kansas City office  of the US Green Building Council organized a work trip  to Greensburg, KS to build two green homes in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. In August,  2008, I went with about 30 other people on this trip.

It had been a little over a year since the devastating tornadoes of 2007 hit Greensburg. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was not emotionally prepared for what I saw.  Except for about three brand new small prefab structures, everything, everywhere had been destroyed. The trees were noticeably decimated.

I’d seen some of the episodes of Planet Green’s documentary on the rebuilding efforts of the town prior to the visit.  Those episodes showed me people struggling with serious financial problems. They show teens committed to the values of green buildings. They showed some raw emotion. But seeing the town without a cheerleader to tell me it was all going to be okay someday, was not something I was prepared for.

I collected some plant material from former home lots around the Greensburg Greentown building and made the art on this page. They’re selling some at the Greensburg office. You can also buy the ones posted here. Greensburg Greentown gets half the selling price. Call 816-584-2625 to inquire or order:

Misc Greensburg5″ x 7″ matted, folded, sendable in an envelope or free standing  $14

1 – 3.5″ x 8.25″ matted, folded, sendable and free standing $14

Leafy Leaf Greensburg8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $45
This is the one in Laura Sterchi’s photos of the trip

Greensburg Grass8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28

Greensburg Single8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28
Collected from behind Greensburg Greentown

Greensburg Leaf8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Leafy Leaf $28
This is the one in Laura Sterchi’s photos of the trip

Greensburg Native Leaf8″ x 10″ Double Matted,  Native Leaf $28