LIFE CYCLES: Mid-Alantic Native Plants and Pollinators
My native plant garden serves as my source of inspiration and for most of my data collecting for this series of drawings. It is full of shapes, colors, patterns and textures of plants and plant parts that continually excite me artistically season after season. However, it is the visiting insects during the growing season that bring the garden to life. They generate a moving array of flying patterns and sounds, as well as a diversity of interesting shapes and colors of their own. The truth is many of the insect pollinators are the key factor in the continuum of life and they are disappearing. Without their visitation and pollination, plant diversity would decrease including plants within our native flora species. I feel compelled to explore their artistic possibilities and insect relationships with native flowering plants keeping the conservational issue in mind.
My plant and pollinator series of drawings are composed of complex story telling compositions. Nature is in a perpetual frame of movement and change. In my drawings, I portray a complete plant life cycle transition from emergence to full flower and finally seed development in a composition of time sequenced seasonal changes. My drawings are arranged into a illustrated collage of different phases of the plant’s development with depictions of insects that visit or inhabit the plant during specific growth formations. Most of these insects act as pollinators during the flowering stage. In addition, my drawings frequently include a separate rectangular area located at the bottom of the composition I refer to as a “visual footnote". The "visual footnote" contains illustration details of unique reproductive or visual attributes of the plant subject or something interesting about the pollinators.
The drawing paper I used is a beige color that gives the drawings a warm undertone.