Vermont Studio Center
Thank you for your time and consideration.
So much gratitude and appreciation for all that have supported this effort.
Growing up on a farm, I absorbed the natural world around my small child, self. A backpack filled with empty jars, Golden Guide Books on Insects, Plants and Birds, I spent the daylight hours studying the beauty, the transience, the processes and cycles, the details of construction in nature.
I have come to realize that very few people have my background. I grew up on a farm, spending my days in nature. But more than that, I grew up wandering our family farm of 150 acres, the neighboring farm of my grandfather’s farm of 300 acres, the farms of my two uncles, and the farms of the neighbors behind us. It was more than 1500 acres of countryside and farmland.
In these surroundings, I became attuned to the natural world in a way that seems more connected to earlier societies, than with our present day world. I intuited natural processes that are just now being ‘discovered’ by modern scientists. I understood the infinity of space, the insignificance of man, the strength of the life force of nature. I was ten.
The honor of the Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center is a major step in my career as an artist, unparalleled by all previous achievements.
Please, help me to make this become reality.