Having admired Vanessa’s work at botanical illustration shows, I was delighted to finally meet the artist this summer. She has taken the very labor and time-intensive art of botanical illustration in a contemporary direction, using the printmaking medium of solar plate etching, with the addition of handmade paper and hand-coloring. This enables her to create hand-printed editions of her drawings that are individualized with unique coloring and composition. Ultimately, this makes her original work very affordable.
Living on the plains in Aurora Colorado, Vanessa says she gets much of her inspiration and material on her daily walks. “Fusing art and science in the well-established tradition of botanical illustration while adding a pinch of contemporary style feeds my passion to express myself artistically but remain dedicated to the science of botanical illustration. I want to inspire art lovers to appreciate the beauty of a dried fallen autumn leaf or a yucca pod that has spilled its seeds.”
Vanessa received her formal training and certificate from the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens, and has headed the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists.