I enjoy hiking and sketching native plants and other natural objects. I use graphite, black ink pen and color pencils for my sketchbook. Upon returning home, I work at my studio creating finished botanical drawings or paintings in colored pencils and watercolor. I like to visit the same plant over a course of a year to see how it changes and what kind of wildlife it attracts. My fascination with native plants has evolved over the years and has been inspired by foraging for native plants (mushrooms and berries), studying Indigenous cultures of Americas and my love of art. Growing up in Poland I have foraged often with my parents and grandparents for wild edible fruits, vegetables, herbs and mushrooms. Moving to Oregon Coast I have become interested in native plants of the Pacific Northwest, at the same time I am alarmed by the disappearing forests and the diminishing native plant population. While drawing native plants I hope to impart not just the beauty of the plants but also the importance of the diversity of native plants for our ecosystem.
Diploma in Botanical Illustration, UK, London, 2019
BA in Art, BA in International Studies, OR, 1997
Masters in Teaching, OR, 1998
Botanical Drawing, Natural Science Illustration and Art of Ethnobotany, Ethnobotanical Sketchbook, Art, Spanish and ESL at middle school, high school and community college levels.
ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal Pacific Northwest, Native Berries of the Pacific Northwest,(ethnobotanical coloring books) Creatures of Haystack Rock (multilingual coloring book)
Oregon Botanical Artists Circle
American Society of Botanical Artists.
Lan Su in Bloom, Group Show, Portland, OR, 2017
Forest Fungi, Tillamook Forest Center, October, 2016
Botanica, Seaside Library, 2016
Forest Flora, Group Show, Tillamook Forest Center, 2016
Flora in US Parks, US Botanic Garden, Washington DC, 2016
Botanicals, Manzanita, One person show, August, 2015
Terra Nova, Cannon Beach Art Association, Juried Show, 2015
Eco-Icon, Invitational Show, Compass Gallery, Salem, OR, 2015
In the Footsteps of David Douglas, Juried Botanical Show, Salem Bush Barn Gallery, 2014
Glimpses, Juried Miniature Art Show, Cannon Beach Art Association, 2014
Flora, Native Plant Art Show, Nehalem, OR, 2014
In the Footsteps of David Douglas, Washington County Museum, Hillsboro, OR, 2014