Charlotte Staub Thomas
COMMON TO THIS COUNTRY:
The Botanical Discoveries of Lewis & Clark,
illustrated with 25 of Ms. Thomas's beautiful and botanically
will be published by Artesan in November 2003. The book, written
Munger, describes the plants these passionate collectors found
during the expedition and tells the terrific stories of the lengths
they went to find them.
The original paintings, measuring 9 x 12.5"
unmatted and unframed (17 x 22" framed ) will be on view
at the Missouri Botanical Garden from April 12 through May 21,
2004. They can be purchased from the artist or at the Botanical
Garden during the show. Gicleé prints* of several of the
paintings will be
available for purchase directly from the artist. Please contact
the artist for more information.
*Gicleé prints are limited-edition
fine art prints digitally reproduced with archival inks on acid-free
papers under the exacting direction of and signed and numbered
by the artist.
Charlotte Staub Thomas
is a New York City native, and developed a love for nature during
childhood summers spent in Vermont. She received her Bachelor
of Fine Arts Degree in illustration from the Rhode Island School
of Design, and Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.
For over 30 years she has been working as a graphic designer specializing
in book design.
In the 1990's she began her career as botanical
artist, earning a certificate in Botanical Illustration from the
New York Botanical Garden. Her work has been shown there, at the
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Longwood Gardens, and Highstead Arboretum
among other venues.
Her interest in the plants found on the Lewis
and Clark Exploration began in 1998, and it was then that she
painted the first of the twenty-five paintings that appear in
the book, Common to This Country. Each painting is based on a
live specimen which Ms. Thomas found in gardens and parks around
the country. The original paintings will be shown at the Missouri
Botanical Garden in St. Louis in the spring of 2004 as part of
the city's bicentennial celebration of the famous exploration.
Ms. Thomas lives with her husband, Wayne Thomas,
in Bradenton, Flordia. She is planning to teach at the Ringling
School of Art and Design in Sarasota in the fall of 2003, and
is presently painting the plants of Florida.