A Passion for Flowers,

    An Eye for Detail

The genre of art known as “botanical” is a unique blend of art and science. Whether the purpose of the artist is chiefly art or chiefly science, the best works in the field always combine aesthetic appeal with an accuracy of detail that comes from close observation and objective rendering of the subject.

by Judy Sullivan

by Mary Phinney

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         July 5 through August 24

    Mildred Hawn Gallery

        Hamon Arts Library

by Nancy Dallas

In the work exhibited here, the artists are clearly keeping the three qualities of a successful botanical artist in mind: the eye  to recognize detail in plants, the ability to create the illusion of three dimension on a flat page through skilled use of shading and crosshatching techniques...and perhaps the most important quality of all--a  passion for flowers.

by Ro Reinthal

The work in this exhibit was produced by students in the beginning and intermediate Botanical Art courses presented last spring by SMU’s  Informal Courses for Adults. Cynthia Padilla, professional artist and illustrator, was the instructor for the courses. Ms. Padilla will offer Botanical Drawing again during the Informal Courses fall term. For a catalog, or  further information, call (214) 768-5376 or visit the website at www.smu.edu/informal.

background image by Cynthia Padilla