Peggy Turchette

Artist’s Statement

My background is in commercial illustration, where speed, computer manipulation, tight budget constraints, and the insatiable pursuit of “the next new thing” drive the artistic process. I believe my decision to work in the genre of traditional botanical art and illustration is my personal response to these incessant demands.

I recently acquired my Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens. Through this internationally recognized program, I received classical training in traditional botanical illustration. Though I was already an alumna of the New England School of Art & Design, it was through the Botanical Illustration program that I have truly matured as an artist. Working always from the living plant, I learned the importance of precise draftsmanship, accurate color, believable form, and clarity of execution. Mastery of the four media of graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor were required for certification.

Through the Denver Botanic Gardens Certificate Program, I developed skills that can only be achieved with patient observation and meticulous attention to detail. I also discovered the joy of working in a genre that has a centuries-old tradition of scientific accuracy and artistic grace. Following in the footsteps of the great masters of botanical art--both historic and contemporary--my goal is to create art that has that same timeless quality. I strive to produce art that educates, enchants, and endures.

For more information, contact the artist at:

2218 ½ Mapleton Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304

Images © Peggy Turchette


Pears - Pyrus communis
Rosa Gallaica
Rosa gallica
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