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Fierston08 I paint, teach, and write just outside of Washington, D.C. in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

As a painter, I work in acrylics and watercolor and I  have a second arts residency in watercolor at Yosemite National Park in August, 2017.  I’m also a printmaker, creating nature prints on a walking press and fish prints using the Japanese art of gyotaku.

As a visiting artist,  I work with classroom teachers to bring art into schools and with hospitals to bring arts to their patients and staff.

Recent writing

Wild About Muir at 8,000 ft.  The Washington Post, August 17, 2014

Sierra Club blog

Between 2010 and 2012 I wrote and illustrated the weekly Explore: Nature Art blog.

John Muir, restless naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, is best known today for his writing, especially his early journals published as My First Summer in the Sierra. But he, too, kept sketchbooks, in which grasshoppers jump and lizards track a choppy trail across the sand of California’s central valley.

Like Muir, readers learned to keep nature journals, draw, and become close observers of the natural world.

About me

The Healing Power of Art, Elan Magazine, Kathryn McKay, December 2014

About residencies

Middle Students in Germantown Tackle Gyotaku, Montgomery Gazette, J. Bondenson, 11-24-10

“A Showcase of Fiber Arts Valentines,” Fiber Arts Magazine, Apr/May 2009

Bringing Students Closer to Perfection, The Washington Post, A. Jain, 1-4-07

Cover art and illustration

Zinnias, in Lombardi Voices, Spring 2010

Italian Wooden Microscope, in The New Physician, 11-02

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