Botanical Art & Illustration
While drawing botanical subjects there are always surprises – the plants respond as I admire and study them.
It is difficult to drop everything in an overly busy life to make the time to slow down, to draw or paint, especially while the plant is in season. The plants move as the light makes its daily circuit through my studio and many subtle changes occur – they turn toward the light, age, fade, wilt. Each transformation is a reminder the plants are alive.
Through drawing and painting, I get to know each plant intimately, and document the ephemeral life cycle of leaves and flowers. Drawing is a form of meditation – a quiet space for creation. While drawing I get lost mapping contours, veins, textures, and shadows. Imperfections remind me of the transient nature of life.