Teaching is an extraordinary thing, I observe and learn a great deal as I share the information I have previously absorbed along the way. So often I feel like a conduit, passing things on to others. Can it be that the act of drawing and painting is similar?
Botanical artists take information from the plants in front of us, observe the structure, colour, form and beauty of the flower, pass it through our eyes, our brains, our hands, and paint it for others to share. The thing is each artist mingles up in the mix her or his own emotional and intellectual response to what they are seeing. It becomes so much more than a direct visual representation. It is a visual conversation that is recorded by the artist for others to share.
It is no wonder we all feel protective of our efforts to portray plants we love, each painting is also a painting about ourselves.