My work has always centered around plants. First working as a flower designer then transitioning to garden design, I have been drawn to nature all of my life.
I began sketching plants while studying horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Detailing the color, form and characteristics of each plant helped me identify them in the field. As a result, I became interested in the art of botanical illustration. This traditional art form, first used for scientific classification, has remained timeless for centuries.
My style of painting is a modern take on botanical illustration. I use acrylic paints because they are the perfect combination of watercolors and oils. Working from life in my studio, I enjoy the process of getting to know an individual plant.
After painting plants in the winter, I transition to garden design in the spring. I meet with clients to create comprehensive landscape plans with four seasons of interest.
Please visit my studio, The Arts Mill Studio and Boutique in Grafton, for garden consultations and botanical prints. Or visit my Zazzle store for online shopping.