When I think about what influenced me to do this work,
I trace it back to Durer. His plant and animal
studies, made in the first part of the sixteenth
century, are astonishing in their detail and remain
fresh to this day. His work was complimentary to the
advances in science and humanism of his time. I like
to think that my work is part of that continuing tradition.

I generally use watercolor, the preferred medium of my
father and both my paternal grandparents. Wherever
possible, I prefer to work from life. Most of the
pictures are life size, thus enabling me to capture
all the details and nuances my eyes can see. The
majority of the pictures on view are from the book
about open hearth cooking, "The Magic of Fire" by
William Rubel. For this book, William and I decided to
emphasize the particular experience rather than the
typical, which is required of natural science
illustration. Therefore the pictures might show
diseased leaves, the dirt still on the roots, all the
particularities of a plant freshly uprooted from the garden.