Visiting Artist spoke about Australian project

On Monday, October 7, Jean Dennis, a botanical artist from Australia, spoke to a group of NESBA artists about her paintings of the plant family Brachychiton. Her project was a personal quest "to track down 45 species, the whole genus, Brachychiton, native of Australia, and to paint them in the wild over a thirteen year period. This is the first time this little known but beautiful family has been painted."

Jean told us about her travels all over Australia to find the plants, and how she paints on site and her methods for saving her specimens to continue her paintings back at her caravan! Jean is in the process of publishing a book on this remarkable genus of plants. See this link to read more about Jean and her work:

Thanks to Jean for bringing this compelling story of adventure and art to us!

Jean Dennis shares her paintings with artists at the WC Greenhouse Visitors' Center. Jean is holding a tiny palette of paints that she uses in the field!

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