Landscape Architecture and
Regional & Community Planning
2159 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-2476
My teaching, research and creative interest focus on visual thinking, reflective learning, hand drawing and mixed media, photography, typography, and graphic design. Before coming to Kansas State University, I worked at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and University of Colorado Denver in their landscape architecture, planning and environmental design programs. Prior to landscape architecture, I worked as a professional graphic designer and illustrator. I received my MLA from the University of Colorado Denver and a BFA from Syracuse University.
I was honored with the 2013-2014 Mary K. Jarvis Scholar of Distinction recipient. With financial and research assistance support from this award, I created a body of work “Poetics of the Konza Prairie: Bound Images and Writings.” My goal for this creative work was to capture the ‘staging’ of the landscape, which is comprised of the layers that build, one upon another, to express a complete physical, temporal, sensual, and emotive landscape. My creative work utilizes mixed media, letterpress, relief and intaglio printmaking, encaustics, serigraph, collagraph, and digital means to support and communicate my perceptions and the genius loci (spirit of place).
While at Kansas State University, I have been crafting a scholarship agenda based on three specific aspects of student learning: (1) developing teaching tools grounded on reflective and experiential learning through writing and making, (2) advancing an analysis of student journals/sketchbooks for pedagogical research, while (3) exploring the connection between perception, cognition, and drawing. These foci are interconnected and necessary to improve visual literacy and communication in student design processes while curbing their self-imposed ‘barriers’ to creativity.
Internationally, I published “Field: The spaces between.” in the Journal of Landscape Architecture. (2016. No. 3: 60-63) and exhibited creative work at the Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, England.
Nationally, I have published and presented papers at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, National UCDA Design Education Summit, Design Communications Association, and the AIGA Design Educators Conferences. I have exhibited my creative work through peer reviewed exhibitions.