I am interested in the ongoing and evolving relationship plants have with people and how to portray their fascinating appearances in a vase, in a garden, or in the wild.I come from gardening stock. Both my grandmother and my mother loved to garden and they inspired my interest in plants. They also nurtured my enthusiasm for art. I know that domestic plants and their wild relatives make life on earth possible and for me they are worthy subjects for artistic expression. Plants provide us with food, clothing, medication and shelter and I like painting them for their bold or delicate structures and their rainbow colors as well as the remarkable places they inhabit. My botanical illustration background taught me to slow down and take a long look in order to record what I saw. The practice of drawing to know the plants in my garden became a passion and a lifelong pursuit. It brings me endless hours of satisfaction and informs all of my artistic choices from botanical illustration to painting in pastels. Pastels are a hands-on medium and the perfect choice for any artist who likes to dig in the dirt. They are both messy and gratifying much like gardening and I find they are a gritty colorful way to paint my own connection to plants.