My work for this exhibit includes several native plant portraits, some are on walnut ink stained surface and some on traditional white background. I am often asked why I choose to portray plants this way. I would have to say that I find the traditional botanical portrayal of plants aesthetically pleasing and I like connecting the the rich history of botanical art especially depicting plants for herbals, or medicinal books that included illustration of medicinal plants for identification purposes. Many of the native plants I choose to draw are medicinal and edible.
The reason I choose to portray plants in a solitary way, is to draw attention to each individual beauty and complexity, and also diminishing habitat. At the same time I like to display them in groupings to show interrelationships of various plant species. We still don't understand completely the interrelationship of plants, fungi, trees, insects and animals. Their roles and hidden and invisible, but often they help exchange nutrients, provide food or shelter, or breeding space. So although the plants I depict are solitary ultimately I want to draw attention to their relationships and human relationships with the plants.