A few samples of the range of botanical work that I produce…painting in monochrome or full color of single or multiple species, plus sketchbooks. Follow my Instagram for more. Contact me for commissions.
Painting in one color to emphasize the stunning architecture of plants.
native flora/ plant portraits
in virginia we are lucky to have the lovely blue ridge mountains and the piedmont which allow for infinite inspiration and exploration.
As a trained plant ecologist, my love of learning and drawing nature is exemplified in my field journals. I do these journal entries for myself and also as commissions.
RHS Botanical Art Show 2018
In these works, I explore the rich seasonal changes of plants in Virginia over a year. I painted in monochromatic sepia tones (Schmincke sepia brown) to emphasize the structure of each specimen. I was inspired by the compositions of the illustrated plates of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), a German naturalist, physician, biologist, and philospher. The strong graphic organization and symmetries create fascinating relationships amongst the specimens. These subjects are common botanical species found within 50 miles of my home in Charlottesville, Virginia. Plant nomenclature is based upon the publication of The Flora of Virginia (Weakley et al. 2012). This collection of 12 paintings (watercolor on paper, 12 x 16 inches) was awarded a Gold medal at the RHS Botanical Art show July 11-12, 2018.