Teacher Directory: Carolyn Payzant


As the Founding President of New England Society of Botanical Artist (NESBA) and a board member of ASBA, I have the good fortune to combine botanical art and illustration with a life-long interest in flowers. In 2004 my painting “Amanitas” was juried into the “Native Flora: Botanical Treasures of the Northeastern Seaboard.” Color and pigment intrigue me. Research skills developed during my BS degree studies in Micro-Biology & Genetics at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington helped me with hours of paint investigations, allowing me to produce gorgeous colors for botanical art. My system for “A Palette that Works” defines a method for accurate color reproduction and is shared through workshops and essays under “Color Curriculum” (see: ASBA’s newsletter The Botanical Artist). A fascination with the intertwining of botanical art and history launched me on a two year research project culminating in a three-lecture series “Botanical Art Mirrors History” 1. War, Pestilence, Celibacy and Botanical Art: Botanical art from the Egyptian invasion of Syria in 1468 BC, to the fall of the Roman Empire, through the monastic art of the Middle Ages; 2. “Age of Discovery, Patrons, Collections and Botanical Art: Botanical art’s renaissance as a looking glass onto17th and 18th century explorers, naturalists and their sponsors; and 3. “No Woman Can Paint” John Ruskin: Botanical Art—18th Century through to the present. I am dedicated to our beautiful art form and would be delighted to share my research and knowledge at my studio or a location of your choice. 


New Castle, New Hampshire USA


Phone: (603) 430-9864 Email: monkshoodstudio@comcast.net




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