Doreen Bolnick began as an illustrator in pen and ink for archeologists and anthropologists at the Institute of African Studies and the British Institute in East Africa, both in Kenya, and also for the National Museum of Indonesia. She began keeping a prolific number of natural history sketchbooks at the end of the 1980's. While living in Zambia and later in Mozambique she wrote and illustrated the first field guide to wild flowers for each of these countries. In Zambia she wrote and illustrated A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and the Neighboring Regions. In Mozambique she illustrated and co-authored with Salomao Bandeira and Filomena Barbosa, Flores do Sul Mocambique / Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique.
|A page from Doreen's journals|
In 2011 she moved back to the states where she taught advanced drawing, botany for artists and field sketching. She also taught a wide range of workshops, including: advanced foreshortening; botanicals on tinted paper; white flowers on tinted paper; fine venation; dry brush; gouache; ferns; nature journaling; adding a graphite plant habit and/or landscape in a botanical; and painting orchids. She taught two workshops for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associate Program, including an introduction to botanical art course (in conjunction with the Losing Paradise Exhibit) and one on nature journaling.
|Some of Doreen's field guide collection and her own journals.|
She is an avid wild flower enthusiast and collects hand-illustrated field guides from around the world. She is fascinated by plant family relationships and global distribution.