“An Art for All Seasons,” a two-woman show at the Talbot County Library in Easton from December 5 through 31, will feature works in watercolor, graphite and colored pencil by Talbot County botanical artists Lee D’Zmura and Anna Harding.
In this show, enjoy the stunning and colorful features of plants, flowers and leaves in their full glory, as well as depictions of the mystery of their decay, their last seasonal expression.
Lee D’Zmura says her experience as a landscape architect enriches her watercolors. Knowledge of plants and attention to detail are skills needed in both art and architecture.
“My watercolors are an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of individual specimens with botanical accuracy. The fine detail in paintings is the result of years of technical drawing. After years of painting pristine floral specimens, I became interested in Wabi Sabi, the ancient Japanese esthetic that is founded on the belief that nothing is permanent, that nothing is perfect and that there is beauty in all things in all stages of life. When walking through a field or a forest, I have been drawn to those subjects which display the patina of change. By recreating that which is normally passed by, it is my hope to introduce others to the complexity, beauty and value of change in all of nature.”
Says Anna Harding, “As botanical artists we are curious, we make ourselves familiar with the names and characteristics of plants and notice their habits and habitats. Botanical art is an art form suitable to the naturalist whose perspective is one of respect for what is simply observed in nature without interfering or imposing her views. We measure, replicate colors and portray accurately the many characteristics of plants, trees, fungi, insects and flowers. Recording the beauty of the spent bloom, the withered leaf, the insect shell, and the casing of the nut can be a way to remind us that the cycles of nature are just that, natural and inevitable and can be appreciated for their strange beauty.”
Lee received her certificate in Botanical Art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration and has also studied with master botanical artists both in the United States and abroad. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art League. Retired from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art, she now teaches botanical art at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely.
Her work was published in American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, has been exhibited at the United States Botanic Gardens and the ASBA 20th Annual International and is in collections throughout the country.
A Maryland Master Naturalist, Anna completed a year-long project creating a florilegium, drawings based on flowers and plants from a particular location throughout the year, based on native plants found at Adkins Arboretum. She is motivated by her intention to inspire people through her drawings to look more closely at the wonders that are outside their doors; to stoop and engage with the many miracles that we are surrounded by every day if we take the time to notice. Her work is in collections throughout the country and she has studied with master teachers here and internationally. She maintains a studio in her home outside Easton and is a member of the Working Artists Forum and the St. Michaels Art league. She teaches botanical drawing with colored pencils at Adkins Arboretum.
An opening reception for “An Art for all Seasons” will be held on Thursday, December 5 at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A Lunch and Learn program at the Talbot County Free Library, “Reflections on Botanical Art,” will be presented on Thursday, December 12 from noon to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the program is free to the public.