Botanical and Zoological Art enjoys a long tradition from antiquity to contemporary times. Both botanical and animal motifs are found in illuminated manuscripts of pharmacological botany as well as borders in prayer books such as The Book of Hours. These volumes are dated as early as the 6th century. During the Renaissance botanical painting emerged as a desire for a new form of representing the natural world. Artists and scientists were exploring common ground in the study of nature.
As the scientific revolution and the age of exploration unfolded there was continued interest, although of a different kind, in the documentation of plant and animal life. Botanical and Zoological Illustration found passionate admirers of the genre.
Modernism expanded and diversified the concept of these arts. Contemporary artists who choose to contemplate the history of this genre and to push its parameters, are faced with the relationship between the arts, technology, and the modern view of nature.
I place my works in the footsteps of my natural history artist predecessors with their interest in defining and redefining plant and animal life. In my idiosyncratic way I layer and combine imagery from science, a personal collection of toys, found specimens, and a myriad of book and paper ephemera to produce a blended narrative of the past and future of the natural world.