Botanical Art

Sumi painting. My son likes all things Japanese so I converted his bifold closet door into a pseudo shoji screen. I covered the panels with 1/4" masonite, then glued on kozo (white mulberry paper), then copied an old Japanese painting, using watered down acrylic paint and a fat brush.

My goal in high school was to be an artist. I took as many advanced placement classes as were available and prepared a portfolio to enter college. But the allure of working outdoors and a steady paycheck drew me to horticulture as a better use of my abilities.

Gardening is a very creative activity that deals with color, texture, design and all of the senses. But I also like to paint and carve and photograph plants.