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 direct attention back to our relationship with the botanical realm. I 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.