Please visit the galleries:
Native Plants
Rose Studies
Other Botanicals
Beyond Botanical
Classes and workshops
Individual and group instruction

I welcome your comments and questions.
You can contact me by phone or e-mail:

phone:   (831) 708-2477

Welcome to my website.

I live and work in Santa Cruz, California, where I grow many of the plants I paint in my garden. I’ve been studying and practicing art for most of my life, concentrating on botanical art and illustration since 1990. My work bridges the separate worlds of fine art and scientific illustration, merging elements of the two traditions.

I always work from live plants and real specimens from nature, often studying them at different times of the year to observe and portray seasonal changes in their life cycle. I like to create art that will serve the goals of education and conservation. I take a particular interest in portraying native plant species with a view to their preservation, and in documenting rose species and heritage roses.

— Maria Cecilia Freeman

Read more about my art, techniques and purpose in these articles: