Janet Moore Beyond Words Project Director
For as long as I can remember my art has been informed by a deep and direct relationship with the natural world. I have been painting botanical subjects and landscapes in watercolor for over 20 years. I earned a B.S. in Art as well as a B.S. in Environmental Studies at UW-Madison and find my combined training and experience in both fields enhances and informs my work. As an environmental educator, I find that art is a powerful tool...not only for observing more closely and connecting more deeply with Nature but also for connecting with our own creative power. I earned a Master's in Environmental Education at UW-Stevens Point, with a focus on researching the value of drawing as a learning tool in science. I have worked as an educator for The UW-Madison Arboretum's Earth Partnerships for Schools program, the LEAF k-12 School Forestry Program, and as an independent presenter, teacher, and consultant for art, nature, and science integration. Teaching people of all ages to slow down, look closely, and find their own way of communicating what they find in the Nature is an immensely satisfying honor.
Ever since my first encounter with the North, I have been haunted by a vision and a longing to capture the rugged yet delicate beauty of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Beginning with illustrated nature journals, I began to use my art as a meditative tool to connect deeply with its Spirit, immersing myself (sometimes quite literally) in the process. One day, while painting on the beach, I dipped out a jar of water and realized that this was some of the most precious, pure, and powerful water on earth…water that so many people worked to preserve and protect for future generations. So I asked…what could an artist possibly do? I had a mission. I set my inner compass for due North and eventually landed in Bayfield.
Hiking among the giant grizzlies of Kamchatka, shooting the rapids of rivers in China, traveling alone through the nameless peaks of Alaska’s Brooks Range, and climbing to the summit of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, award-winning writer, photographer, and teacher Jeff Rennicke has lived a life of adventure. His travels and poetic stories have been chronicled in more than two hundred magazine articles in such publications as National Geographic Traveler, Backpacker, Reader’s Digest and others twice winning Gold Medals for Excellence from the Society of American Travel Writers. He is the author of ten books including Treasures of Alaska: Last Great American Wilderness and Jewels on the Water: Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. His love for stories and his belief in the importance of environmental education has led him to Conserve School where he teaches unique classes such as Wilderness Voices: Literature and the American Landscape and Nature Photography.
Diane Canfield Bywaters
Diane Canfield Bywaters is a landscape oil painter with over 35 years of painting experience and a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point with almost 30 years of full-time teaching experience. She has had a dozen selected opportunities to paint as an artist-in-resident through the U.S. National Park—more selected artist-in-residencies within the park system than any other artist—and in addition, has had several international artist residencies including in Italy and France.
Bywaters states: “We are privileged to have water in Wisconsin, so many states do not; and with privilege there is also responsibility. I have been honored to be an artist-in-resident in the Apostle Islands. I believe there is a responsibility for the artist to be a positive, productive member of society. It is then that the visual arts will remain an integral part of society. I look forward to participating in this worthy project supported by the NEA.”
Bywaters artwork captures a sense of light or fleeting moment in time. She works best from direct observation with an energetic brush stroke capturing the sense of place. In her numerous years of working on location in various state and national parks, she knows that people find artists painting intriguing. Rather than resent the constant interruptions, she thrives on the challenge of remaining artistically focused yet socially interactive.
Biskakone Greg Johnson
Biskakone Greg Johnson is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
As an instructor of Native Arts it was my mission to share my knowledge without being condescending.
It was difficult for me to learn these things as I had to teach myself by exploring the pieces in the museum. I wanted to make the knowledge more accessible for my students. I was one of those ‘starving artists’ once and I learned how to provide for my people using my talents. I am a Lac du Flambeau native and this is my environment. I care about the community and it’s people. My experience begins with my traditional lifestyle. I balance traditional values with modern technical expertise; walking the fine line between the world of my ancestors and the world we live in today.
Terry Daulton’s pastel paintings reflect her deep ties to the landscape and her background as a biologist and environmental educator. Her work as a field biologist in the northwoods provides inspiration for her artwork. Daulton states, “For me painting is both personal and a teaching tool. I hope that I can help others to develop a closer relationship to the natural world and to discover their own creative energies.” Terry’s work on art/science collaborations includes interpretive exhibits, nature trail brochures, and creation and coordination of the traveling exhibition “Paradise Lost: Climate Change in the Northwoods” which was seen by over 100,000 visitors in the Midwest. She also created and coordinated the show “Drawing Water” which brought together artists and scientists at University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology field station at Trout Lake. This project launched UW-Madison’s work with Ecological Reflections, a network of arts and humanities collaborations at National Science Foundation funded Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects across North America. She continues this work for UW as a volunteer, bringing presentations and exhibits to conferences and meetings and partnering with UW scientists on the recently established Artist in Residence program at Trout Lake.