An important part of my work is community engagement. Every year, I select an organization that speaks to my work in a vital way. In 2018, I began working with the James River Association to create a piece of work that catalogs the flora of Tuckahoe Creek, a tributary to the James River. Running alongside the new Hardywood Park Brewery in West Creek, there is an almost endless selection of plants and trees. After a morning of collecting leaves with JRA's Bill Street and Amber Ellis, I began planning a composition that will reside at Hardywood West Creek.


James River Association

The James River is Virginia’s largest river, flowing across the entire state from its beginning at the headwaters of the Cowpasture and Jackson Rivers in Bath and Highland Counties, to its mouth at the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton Roads. It is also Virginia’s largest source of drinking water and our largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.

Consider joining me in supporting our most vital natural resource: the James River. The James River Association protects the James River and connects people to it. Learn more at TheJamesRiver.org

Tuckahoe Creek flora

Below is a listing of the flora we harvested at Tuckahoe Creek. Not all of the plants made it into the final composition, as not all leaves render legibly on copper. While many of the trees were familiar to me, most of the water plants were new discoveries, and a welcome addition to plants I love.

Arrow arum | Peltandra virginida

River Birch | Betula nigra

Pickerel Weed | Pontederia cordata

Sassafras | Sassafras albidum

False Nettle | Boehmeria cylindrica

Hibiscus | Hibiscus moscheutos

Black Willow | Salix nigra

Sensitive Fern | Onoclea sensibilis

Tulip Poplar | Liriodendron tulipifera

Empress Paulownia | Paulownia tomentosa

Dog Bane | Apocunum cannabinum

Sweetgum | Liquidambar styraciflua

Sycamore | Platanus occidentalis

White Oak | Quercus alba

Red Oak | Quercus rubra

Black Locust | Robinia pseudoacacia

Wild Grapevine | Vitis riparia

Bayberry | Myrica bayberry

Tag Alder | Alnus serrulata

Winged Elm | Ulmus alata

Mockernut Hickory | Carya tomentosa

Virginia Creeper | Parthenocissus quinquefolia