I am a retired wildlife ecologist with a lifelong passion for the natural world – and a need to create. I was born and grew up on Long Island’s south shore and so have always enjoyed birds and boats, everything about duck shooting, and all things – animals and plants – that live on the natural landscape. I adopted many of my passions and interests (and skills, too) from my Dad, Theodore (Ted) M. Sanford, Jr, of East Islip (1925 – 2011).
My wife and I live on an old farm in the rolling hills of Washington County, New York. It is dairy country and we lease our fields to local farmers for corn and hay. I retired in 2010 after a very fulfilling 35-year career in natural resource conservation, mostly with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. I built the shop/studio of my dreams shortly before I retired and am very fortunate to spend many of my days there in creative pursuits – painting, carving, woodworking, building, repairing, restoring, et cetera, et cetera. (The image below is the shop’s door handle – a half-size Tundra Swan head that I mated up with a “repurposed” barn door latch.) I also play on the landscape with my tractor or chainsaw as the spirit – and the seasons – move me.
I live on an old farm because I want to be able to be in nature without having to get in a car and drive there. I can walk out the door – or even just look or listen from inside – and be in touch with an abundance of living things. I am thankful every day that we have been able to achieve our dream – and we try to savor all it has to offer.