Botanical Artists


The trees and plants of northern Minnesota are in transition due to the effects of climate change and other factors.  The science-botanical artists are consulting with

  1. 1.  Lee Frelich, Ph.D., Forest Ecologist at the University of Minnesota,

  2. 2.  David McLaughlin, Ph.D., Mycologist at the University of Minnesota,

  3. 3.  Gerald Niemi, Ph. D., Director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the Natural Resources Research Institute, a part of the University of Minnesota, Duluth and

  4. 4.  Jana Albers, DNR Forest Health Specialist.

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The Eleven Artists’ Thematic

and Formal Interests

        Vicki Barth 

All of the many aspects of trees including leaves, bark, twigs and buds are the subject of Vicki’s work which comes from closely studying the smallest of details.  Vicki works primarily in colored pencil and graphite.

    Wendy Brockman

The primary focus of Wendy’s art is the interpretation of environmental transience, often using the structure and complexity of nature to examine issues of time and place. Largely self-educated, Brockman works in watercolor, graphite, and mixed media. Well known for her botanical paintings, plants are a recurring theme in her thoughtfully observed work.

       Marj Davis 

Marj is a botanical artist who works mainly in watercolor, painting native prairie plants found in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The beautiful colors and intricate, complex patterns and forms found in nature inspire her work.  Her art connects her to nature and she is dedicated to the protection and preservation of natural areas.

     Kathy Franzen

For several years, Kathy has sketched trees in India, Eastern Tibet, Southern China, and other parts of the world.  Her botanical study of trees has led to a widening perception of the world:  The strength and grandeur of trees is in contrast with their environmental vulnerability.

    Nancy Gehrig

I have a special interest in Minnesota’s native coniferous trees.  In studying each species and its characteristics, not only have I learned about the specific environments of each but also the flora and fauna that inhabit their surroundings.   It has been particularly thrilling to visit old growth stands of these beautiful trees.  


Debra Greenblatt 

Debra draws and paints botanical subjects using pen and ink, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and carbon dust.  She uses botanical art as a vehicle to help people gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

     Carlyn Iverson

The world is beautiful and magical, when seen with mindfulness.  I try to show with my art the beauty I see, and explain the processes in nature that are responsible for the existence of life.  For me, the language is science, and my alphabet is pencil, ink, paint, and the desire to share what I feel and perceive about life in this world. From molecule to feather, capillary to Sequoia, there is magic to behold.


  Julie Martinez

As a natural science illustrator, Julie has worked with the scientific community for 25 years creating accurate illustrations of plants and animals in a variety of media for education, publication and exhibitions, and her work has been widely published.  Her goal is to portray the beauty, diversity and fragility of the natural world.

     Mary Anne O'Malley

Mary Anne portrays the natural world through watercolor and graphite.  Her years of working in museum fabrication has furthered her interest in the interdependence of plant and animal life.  She is a local artist who hopes to inspire others to appreciate the natural world.  She exhibits locally and nationally and teaches the art of botanical painting.

             Kathleen Reeves

As an avid gardener and lover of nature, Kathi was inspired to take up botanical painting.  The challenge of accurately depicting a plant and finding it's character inspires her to seek out and observe plants in their natural places. She primarily works in watercolor, colored pencil and graphite.

            Bruce Wilson

Bruce is an instructor with the Minnesota School of Botanical Art and at Filoli Education Center in Woodside, California.  Working primarily in watercolor, graphite, pastel, and ink, he enjoys observing the fleeting moments of nature hidden in plain view.