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Emily Verbeten is a Wisconsin native who has recently begun her journey as a young professional artist. She received her BFA in Illustration with a minor in Natural Science in May of 2019 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. After leaving MIAD, she started teaching as an Environmental Educator at Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona, WI while also beginning her work with the ARTservancy program. In August of 2020 she will be getting married to fellow artist Jacob Salsbury and soon thereafter they will begin their journey as newlyweds when they move to Oregon. You can follow her as she starts this new journey in her life and her artistic career as she documents it on her website and on social media.
video courtesy of Mary Mendla
"My work is about learning the relationships between the things that make our planet beautiful and diverse. My primary method of collecting these things is through journaling and sketching. I find it helpful to observe and document things visually, learning for me is active, fluid and full of questions. Many of my sketchbooks have an equal balance of hasty pencil and watercolor sketches, detailed observational drawings, and notes scrawled in the margins."
A Naturalist's Journal
"I seek to document the connections between the diverse forms of life that inhabit Zinn Preserve, and the changes the property goes through as the seasons continue their cycle. It is easy to miss the myriad of changes a forest ecosystem goes through. I couldn’t come close to fully capturing all of those changes in just one year, but my work with the preserve encapsulates my unique perspective as I walk down the path through the conifers, through the marsh, and let the preserve teach me."