Fiona has loved art and nature since she was a little girl. In 2016, when she discovered nature journaling and the work of John Muir Laws, she was thrilled to find something that combined these two things she adored, and she has become a passionate nature journaler and naturalist.
Born and raised in the Sierra Foothills near Auburn, California, Fiona spends time daily in the wild lands near her home. She loves to look for mysteries in nature and explore them in the pages of her nature journal. Fiona also loves to draw, paint, craft, act, sing, harmonize, play cello, compose music, write stories, and speak German.
Below are a few sample pages from the more than 1,600 she has created since she began journaling in July 2016. Some of Fiona's artwork is available for purchase as blank greeting cards. See the Artist page for more info.
An avid birder since 2015, Fiona is a four-time recipient of the Central Valley Birding Club Youth Scholarship, enabling her to attend summer teen birding camps to further develop her skill and passion in birding. She especially enjoys the music of birdsong and she loves to bird by ear. Fiona is a volunteer in the bird banding and monitoring program with Gold Country Avian Studies in Grass Valley. Fiona has also volunteered her time as a participant in local Christmas Bird Counts, a co-leader of bird walks for the Sierra Foothills Audubon Society, a leader of bird walks for a local Girl Scout troupe, and a speaker on her birding and nature journaling experiences at her local Audubon Society as well as at the Central Valley Birding Symposium, an annual gathering of birders from across Northern California.
In September 2019, Fiona taught and gave a talk at the first ever Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference in Pacific Grove, CA. This event, attended by 250 students and 18 teachers, brought together people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in a nature’s beauty.
In April 2019, Fiona was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Wake Up to Nature event for the Environmental Volunteers (EV). This annual breakfast event raises funds for EV to send volunteer docents into San Francisco Bay Area area schools to give thousands of children first-hand experiences in nature, with the goal of nurturing the next generation of nature stewards. Fiona spoke to the 200+ assembled crowd about her own nature-rich childhood, her connection with nature through art and nature journaling, and why it is important for all of us to be connected to nature. Click here to watch. In October 2018, Fiona was honored to be featured as an Artist Explorer in a lecture series at The Foster, a museum in Palo Alto. In her talk, Fiona shared about her love of nature journaling and had an on-stage conversation about art, curiosity, flow states, and self critics with her mentor, John Muir Laws. Click here to watch.