With a little encouragement and some long studio hours, I am happy to announce a new botanical calendar for 2017. Once again I am exploring plants native to Western North America, this time inspired by the coastal flowers I discovered while preparing for an exhibition this past spring. Some of the plants might be very familiar while others you have to have sharp eyes for. Salal, salmonberry and swordfern seem to line every forest path while others, such as twinflower, are tiny and delicate, clinging to their mossy habitat. I was thinking alot about the papercuts themselves and where each one of these images starts. I kept some of them (like wood strawberry below) very graphic and bold. Others I worked more with digitally, inspired by more traditional botanical illustration with maybe a hint of Japanese woodcuts in their palette and composition.
Featured plants in this year’s calendar are: manzanita, twinflower, nodding onion, common camas, sword fern, various coastal berries, tall Oregon-grape, fireweed, harebell, salal and Indian pipe Here is a sneak peak of some of the images. The calendars will be ready by mid-Nov.