We flew across "the big ditch" or the Tasman Sea, from Sidney to Christchurch, New Zealand, and then took a coach to Queenstown. We have enjoyed spectacular scenery here where "The Lord of the Rings" was filmed. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Walter Peak with a Sheep shearing demo. Although NewZealand is known for its sheep ranching and fine woolens, the dairy industry and wineries are also important to the New Zealand economy. yesterday we took a coach to Fjiordlands National Park and toured Milford Sound with spectacular scenery as well as bottle nose dolphins and NZ for seals. One of my favorites was the Chasm hike through fern filled forests to a beautiful waterfall that has carved the igneous rock.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, I learned to love the outdoors and its creatures. I earned a BS and MS in biology from Emporia State University, and taught biology for fourteen years. Working as a park ranger naturalist for many summers, the beauty of Yellowstone inspired me to return to painting. I have studied with several outstanding watercolor painters, exhibited work in national shows, and received many awards.
The versatility of watercolor continues to intrigue me. Carrying a small watercolor box and sketchbook when hiking or backpacking allows me to enjoy plein air painting. I also work in the studio because summers are short in the high country near Laramie, Wyoming.