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Peggy Smith Eppig
I've always been interested in the lay of the land. How do landscapes form? What natural, physical, and human forces shape them? How are we inspired by them?
I took this interest to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the early '80s and graduated with a combined BFA and education degree. I continue to paint landscapes, wildlife, and produce botanical illustration work on commission. After graduation I moved to South Carolina to work as a park naturalist and back-country guide along the coastal sea islands and inland among the cypress swamps. I fell hard into birding with the Southeast Audubon Society and have been addicted ever since!
In my job as an island naturalist, I also worked with the Gullah residents of the sea ilands, farmers and fisherfolk mostly, and learned from them how cultures are shaped by land and sea. Since then, and through my work in the park systems of Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, I've maintained a keen interest in agriculture, forestry, conservation history, and environmental history - so much so that I wound up in a PhD program in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. I will graduate in spring 2016 with my degree in Environmental History.
Presently I work with an amazing agricultural education non-profit in Maryland and I get to do what I love in natural resources education, farm-based education, and professional development for teachers and agencies. I work at the intersection of landscape, people, and natural history - a nice crossroads from which to view how all of it interacts. When not at work I am exploring the landscapes that I love, especially the ones that tell stories.