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My interest in botanical art and illustration came into being alongside my early science training and experience. Throughout many subsequent changes of location and career, my love of natural history and curiosity about the form and function of organisms and their fascinating interrelationships, has remained a constant. For me botanical art is the obvious combination of science and art – of information, understanding, and wonder. Using images in graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor, I strive to portray the sometimes subtle, sometimes outrageous, structure, form and color that plants employ in their particular life histories.

After several years of slowly learning more about botanical art and accumulating skills through occasional workshops and my own work, I undertook the distance learning diploma program offered by the Society of Botanical Artists, completing the course early in 2013 and earning a diploma with credit. In the process I accumulated an even longer list of other things to learn and further work I would like to accomplish. More than ever, this experience confirmed my commitment to botanical art and illustration as a means of conveying information and sharing the natural beauty and sheer delight of plants and other organisms.

Now, living in Montana, I rely on the nearby forests and mountains interspersed with trips to new places and my native New Zealand for inspiration. There is never any shortage of motivation.

education

Dip. SBA, Society of Botanical Artists, Gillingham, Dorset, United Kingdom
M.S., Computer Systems Management, University of Maryland, Maryland, U.S.A.
B.Sc., Zoology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

memberships

American Society of Botanical Artists   //   Yellowstone Association
Audubon Society   //   Project Management Institute
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