I have enjoyed observing and drawing nature since childhood, inspired by my grandmother’s garden and the beautiful forests and fields of the Pacific Northwest, where I live. After a career as a garden designer, I decided to fulfill a long-held dream of studying botanical art and enrolled in the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Course, which is based in Great Britain. I was honored to graduate from the intensive 27-month course with a distinction. My work was exhibited in the SBA Annual Open Exhibition in London in 2013.
During my studies with the SBA, I became fascinated with the history of botanical art, particularly with the detailed, botanically correct depictions of flowers sometimes found in the borders of illuminated manuscripts. These manuscripts are made from a type of parchment called vellum. In addition to illuminated manuscripts, vellum was used by many of the great botanical artists of the past three centuries and is still sometimes used by contemporary botanical artists today. Because of this rich history and because of the brilliant colors and luminous quality of paintings on vellum, it has become one of my preferred surfaces for painting.
I create both graphite and watercolor renderings of the garden plants and vegetables and the native plants of the region where I live. I believe that botanical art brings beauty back into the contemporary art scene and is a timely reminder of the fragility of the natural world.
Some of my original paintings are available for purchase, as well as archival giclee limited edition signed prints. Also, I welcome commissions. Please contact me for further information.
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