I believe that art is foremost about the communication of the
essence of the artist's interior world and that it is this non-verbal
language that allows us to appreciate art across culture, subject
matter, and through time.
I come to botanical art with a life-long love of plants nurtured
during childhood botanizing forays in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains
of California. My motivations are largely selfish in that painting
and watching an image unfold while I work is sheer pleasure for
me. An almost tangential goal is that of illuminating the deep
beauty that exists in our natural world and that often goes unnoticed
in contemporary society. I feel that our lives are monumentally
enriched when we take the time to notice.
The genre in which I work has its roots in the traditions of the
illuminated manuscript, and the early documentation of plants for
medicine, science, and in the collections of patrons. Some of the
goals of modern botanical art have changed but many of the techniques
employed in its creation have not.
Louise has done work via commission by
private individuals as well as for magazines, posters, books,
signage and note cards. She also produces artworks with subject
matter of her own choosing. These works are for sold as original
works of art and also reproduced and sold as Giclèe art
prints. Louise enjoys self-directed work, but also the interplay
with clients. The collaborative process can create solutions
that more than equal the sum of its collaborators.
Clients have included Kew magazine, Simon and Schuster, Horticulture
magazine, Taunton Press (Fine Gardening, Fine Cooking, and Kitchen
Garden magazines), Magazine Group of Meredith Corporation (Traditional
Home Magazine), The Herb Companion magazine, the U.S. Forest Service,
the Washington Native Plant Society, Rodale Press, The University
of Washington, and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.
She is represented in the Hunt Institute
for Botanical Documentation collection and other institutional,
corporate, and private collections. She has been invited to contribute
to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s
Florilegium Society as well as the Filoli Florilegium. Examples
of Louise’s work are included in the book Today’s Botanical
Artists published in 2008. She exhibits throughout the United States
and Canada and is represented locally by Fine Impressions and Kaewyn
Please visit her website at www.GreenStems.com
Images © Louise Smith