I am an oil painter from Valley Forge, in Chester County, PA with a passion for our natural environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Through the pandemic, I have become intrigued with birding. Inspired by the incredible variety of birds that live and migrate through our area, I was compelled to capture my surprising encounters with these captivating species in paint. My hikes have taken me from Valley Forge National Park to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, to gather reference material for this year’s 25 Days of Minis collection. My goal is to portray the distinct characteristics and personality of each bird I paint.