Posts Tagged ‘Eva-Maria Ruhl’

When asked about the title of her upcoming solo exhibition, Eva-Maria Ruhl explains:

I am aiming to show that a botanical can be abstract, modern, dramatic and elegant. A plant suspended, magnified, isolated, frozen in time is indeed in suspense. I love the ordinary. A leaf, a seed, something from the vegetable bin…all great subjects. People don’t really “see” and I love to show them what they overlook on a daily basis.

Twelve years ago, Eva-Maria launched her botanical art career after reading an article about Jessica Tcherepnine (ASBA) in a home magazine. She says, “I went straight to the next art store and bought everything identifiable on the photograph, including the magnifying glass.” Today Eva is a graduate of the Botanical Art & Illustration program at Corcoran School of Art + Design. Her work has been shown in art galleries and at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Her illustrations can also be seen in Paradise Under Glass by Ruth Kassinger (April 2010).

Related Links

Eva-Maria’s Blog
Botanical art at the Corcoran School of Art + Design
American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)

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Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden is the true story of an award-winning author’s transformation into an avid gardener after a spontaneous visit to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory in Washington, DC during a time marked by personal loss and midlife changes.

Ruth Kassinger shares the ups and downs of her journey into gardening and the creation of a conservatory in her home. This entertaining memoir is more than an open journal. It is a fantastic history lesson. Kassinger discusses the history of plant exploration, glass houses, botany, pest control, the Biosphere, and a bit of botanical illustration too. She visits plant growers, nurseries and botanical gardens to discuss plants, gardening, and her conservatory with the experts. To assist readers with the many plant names she uses in the book, Kassinger provides a pronunciation guide in one of the appendices. In the other appendix, she supplies instructions on how to create a living wall.

Each chapter opens with a botanical illustration by artist Eva-Maria Ruhl. Ruhl is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and a graduate of the certificate program in botanical art at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. View Ruhl’s artwork and works-in-progress on her blog.

Ruth Kassinger’s wonderful new book is available at ArtPlantae Books.


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