Lirodendron© Dick Rauh
Acanthus© Dick Rauh
I came to botanical painting in retirement, after a career in Motion Picture Special Effects. In the Eighties I completed a certificate program in Botanical Art at the New York Botanical Garden and started illustration work for a number of scientists.
This led me to pursue a graduate program in Plant Sciences at the City University of New York, ending up with a doctorate in 2001. My illustration of Carol Levine's Guide to Wildflowers in Winter sparked an interest in the dry fruits and other remnants of out of season natives. I paint enlarged versions to better show their beauty and architecture. These paintings won a Gold Medal in the January 2006 Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show in London, where I also gained a Best in Show. Two of the painting have recently been included in the Hunt Collection at Carnegie-Mellon University. Others are in the collections of the New York State Museum and the Lindley Library in London.
As a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium I have been drawing a number of the specimen trees on their grounds as well as in their Bonsai collection . I teach at the New York Botanical Gardens, and at workshops throughout the country. I have been on the board of ASBA for a number of years, and have been past president of the GNSI.
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