I spent 5 days in St. Louis, Missouri at a American Society of Botanical Artists conference. I had an opportunity to meet other botanical artists and botanical scientists, listen to great presentations and watch demonstrations on various techniques. I really enjoyed visiting the Art Museum with quite a collection, spending a day at the oldest botanical garden and be part of Confluence exhibit of botanical artwork. I came away inspired to spend more time in nature and to create more nature oriented art. I have been thinking more about innovative approaches and art that is socially and environmentally meaningful. For this conference I created a magnolia drawing, a bit of a departure from native plants (my usual subject) but I have been wanting to represent this magnolia, which is based on a tree that grows next to my local library. Needless to say I love both: the particular tree and the library, and this drawing reminds me of both.
Educator, artist, forager