Category Archives: Teaching

Profile in the Los Angeles Times

January 11th, 2020

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Thank you to the wonderful writer Julia Rosen and photographer Genaro Molina for this generous, thoughtful article on my New Earth series and on the role of art and artists in sociopolitical/cultural change.

Julia begins: “It had been a long day and Daniela Molnar’s mind was wandering when she saw the shape. The shape of what was already lost; the shape of something new that had just come into being.

Little did she know, it was a shape that would expose a profound feeling of grief within her — and then help her process it. …”

Read the rest here:

Guiding Signal Fire’s Outpost Residency

August 20th, 2018

It was an honor and a thrill to spend two weeks with fellow guide Wendy Given and 8 wonderful artist residents exploring and learning about the mighty Loowit.

Huge thanks to the Mount Saint Helens Institute for inviting us and to everyone who supports Signal Fire‘s work.

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Sitka Center class

June 3rd, 2018

I am honored to be teaching at the Sitka Center for Art + Ecology. Here are some photos from my recent sold-out workshop, “Observation, Imagination, and Chance with Watermedia.”

Thank you to all the wonderful students I met!

If you’re interested in participating in future workshops, please be in touch.


Art + Ecology Minor at PNCA, Juxtapoz press

September 27th, 2017

I spearheaded an Art + Ecology Minor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Students are already making incredible work in this program and several community partnerships have been made with organizations such as PLAYA, Signal Fire, Oregon Environmental Council, and OPAL.

The new program was also featured in Juxtapoz!

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Workshop at Scalehouse

February 14th, 2015

I’m excited to be leading a workshop on Visual Storytelling at ScaleHouse, a wonderful community art space in Bend, OR. More details are here.



Tin House Portland-Brooklyn project

November 12th, 2012

Fantastic work by PNCA illustration students who participated in Tin House magazine’s Portland/Brooklyn issue, including this one by the talented Matt Seely.


Congratulations to PNCA class of 2012

May 16th, 2012

I’m a little choked up, really! I met this graduating class 4 years ago when I started teaching undergrads at PNCA… and now they’re leaving the nest, talented wings spread wide. Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing work produced by these recent graduates.

Minjin Yang, My Favorite Fish, 14” X19” Acrylic on board

Blaire Stapp, "The Necessary Steps"

Lea Rebecca Karlsen, "Dreamers Fly"


Narrative Image: The How and Why of Storytelling

March 10th, 2012

I had the honor of presenting this lecture to the annual meeting of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in Olympia, WA. In it, I look at the basics of how images communicate through various types of visual narratives. I also had the pleasure of wandering down memory lane (which has some very big trees!) while visiting my the campus of The Evergreen State College, my alma mater.

Narrative Image: The How and Why of Visual Storytelling

The Bear Deluxe magazine is sponsoring two workshops on “The True Cost of Coal”

March 10th, 2012

The Bear Deluxe magazine is sponsoring two workshops on “The True Cost of Coal” by the awesome Beehive Collective this month:

Friday, August 27th 3-5:30 pm at the Ecotrust building, 712 NW 9th Ave., 2nd floor

Sunday, August 29th, 7-9:30 pm at Autonomy, 316 NW 4th Ave.

Please join us

Congratulations to Sally Jablonsky

March 10th, 2012

A hearty congratulations to Sally Jablonsky, one of my uber-talented students at PNCA. She created this poster for one of our class projects, and it was selected from thousands of entries as one of the winners of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition show. This is a definitive collection of the best student illustration work in the country.

The assignment was to “create an image for any organization whose mission you support” — and Sally created this poster for an organization she not only supports but directs. Yes, the Try Harder Society. I’m a proud card-carrying member, and Sally’s work is a testament to what can happen when you do so!