A botanical artist for more than 20 years, Deborah Kopka teaches Watercolor and Mixed Media in the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh) Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. She was the botanical illustration instructor in the School of Art and Design at the internationally recognized Toledo Museum of Art for several years and has also taught in botanical gardens, including the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan, and university and community college adult education programs since 2004. Her botanical art is licensed internationally.
Deborah studied botanical illustration in England and editorial illustration at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She also earned a Botanical Art Diploma, with Distinction, from London Art College in the United Kingdom.
A 35-year publishing professional and former Editorial Director with The McGraw-Hill Companies, she works with domestic and international educational publishers and has authored twelve non-fiction children's books.
Deborah lives in Perrysburg, Ohio, with her husband where she paints the flora of the gardens and farmland that surround her home and studio. In addition to her membership in ASBA, she is a member of the Society of Floral Painters (United Kingdom), the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2012 the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Columbus, Ohio, featured an exhibition of her work. Visit her website at dkdesigns.org.