Learn to slow down time through observation when you travel. Art and walking in new places is my love. Come join me on travel walks and  travel journaling to document your memories with quick watercolor drawings and writing.

Learn creative strategies for teaching observational drawing and writing using rich culturally appropriate vocabulary. “Picturing Science” is a specifically science-based version of Image to Word

Samples of teacher and student created books made through the Image to Word program.
The books illustrate culturally appropriate images for Island students.

Rare koa boxes made by my husband artist Lee Porter. AND my personal collection of Pacific Art from Micronesia, Polynesia and Melanesia.

An Introduction

I am curious. I am a well traveled artist, teacher and collector of aesthetic experiences. I believe in life-long learning and the ability to connect what you already know to what you wonder about. Outside of my teaching I love staying active, enjoying weightlifting, swimming, and taking long walks. I am a painter and mixed media artist who lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have been sharing my skills in classrooms and universities for 40 years.   

I come from a family of creative thinkers. My son is a film artist and my husband works in Koa and rare woods. More recently, I’ve found joy in both speaking and teaching about the arts on cruise ships such as Crystal, Silver Sea, Azamara and even the Queen Mary.