NEWS AND EXCITING THINGS GOING ON
DOGS ON THE BLUFF
In the fall of 2019 I was thrilled to learn that two of my designs were sponsored for the "Dogs on the Bluff" celebration event in Lake Bluff, IL. I spent the first half of 2020 painting the two dogs. Since COVID-19 cancelled all of my travel plans, painting two dogs helped me stay occupied during the "stay at home" order. The dogs are on display in downtown Lake Bluff through September 2020. When the exhibit ends, they will retire to their private homes.
The Monarchs dog was sponsored by Pasquesi Home and Gardens and can be viewed in front of their store.
See my progress gallery here.
EUROPEAN WOOL CARDER BEE ARTICLE
White obtaining my Master's degree from the University of Florida, I wrote and illustrated a scientific article on Anthidium manicatum, the European Wool Carder Bee. Publishing (and illustrating!) a peer-reviewed scientific article is an incredibly rewarding experience. There are quite a number of steps involved and many editors, making the process pretty time consuming. I'm excited and proud to have my first scientific article published through the UF Entomology and Nematology Department's "Featured Creatures" online journal.
"PROTECT POLLINATORS" LICENSE PLATES
A project I worked on tirelessly for four years finally came to fruition: A license plate to raise awareness of the plight of pollinators was approved. First I had to design the plate, and in the process of getting them approved, attended outreach events throughout the state and educated thousands of people about pollinators in order to collect enough advance applications for license plates. The following year, the plates began generating revenue for Virginia DMV's Pollinator Habitat Program, creating pollinator habitat with native plants along roads and rest stops all over the state.
In May of 2009 I was selected to participate in a city beautification project in downtown Harrisburg, PA (where I lived at the time) designing and painting a fire hydrant. In September of the same year, I was honored to find out I was chosen as the winner of the "Hydrant Hysteria" fire hydrant painting contest with my "Pollinator Paradise" design.