roots, watercolor on paper, 7 x 7 inches




Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator in Central Virginia. She is the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project and a two time gold medalist at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Shows in London (2007, 2018).

The subjects of her art come from the natural world and her art reveals detailed evidence of change, decay, and processes that occur in nature. She finds great inspiration in a carrot that has gone to flower, a broken seed pod, twisted roots or insect damage to a leaf. She strives to make a plant portrait in such a way that it reveals its character and uniqueness. Her focus is on the small details in nature, down to the small venations in leaves which hopefully inspires others to look a bit deeper and pause a bit longer.

Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

Photo: Sarah Cramer Shields

I accept private commissions for paintings, journal entries and other botanical design projects. I also can come teach a sketching class to a group of individuals in your home - whether it is a birthday or dinner party. Contact me!