I am a botanical artist with a contemporary point of view. I love plants and I love to draw, so here I am,
decades into a life of botanical art. There are 400,000 species of plants on the earth today, every one of them beckoning with a compelling shape, size, color or story.
I am fascinated, in this “Green” era, by the ironic disconnect between people and the plants that feed, clothe, shelter, heal and sustain us. In my work, I attempt to direct attention back to our relationship with the botanical realm and to offer the reminder that we need plants more than they need us.
The challenge that keeps me coming back to the garden is simple: Look at an ordinary plant and see something new, then make it extraordinary with color or texture or context. Having trained in the classical tradition of botanical illustration, I am a slave to scientific accuracy and detail. Living in the 21st century, I have modern tools and materials to keep the process new. I work primarily in colored pencil often combined with graphite, pastel, and a variety of media and grounds.
From tundra to tropics and all the deserts, swamps, prairies and backyards in-between, I will be out there . . . looking for the next plant to draw and the next story to tell.