ARTHUR MELVILLE PEARSON
I graduated with a music degree from the University of Illinois, but spent most of my early career as an Equity actor working in regional theatre throughout the country. After moving to Pullman in 1996, I switched creative gears, turning to writing. I’ve published numerous articles about nature and maintain an active blog about my restoration experiences at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie: www.midewinrestoration.net.
My first book – a biography of George Fell, the driving force behind the establishment of The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Areas Movement – is due out from the University of Wisconsin Press in Spring 2017.
Upon moving to Pullman, I also took up the craft of stained glass, at first to replace the missing transoms in my historic worker’s cottage. Since then, I’ve created a variety of stained glass and mosaic works. Many of my works incorporate native flora and fauna, thereby providing a synthesis of my twin passions for art and nature.
You may read more about this stained glass-nature synthesis in a blog post I did for The Center for Humans and Nature: http://www.humansandnature.org/lux-lumen-illumination.