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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: