Kathie Miranda is a professional artist and innovative educator of natural science illustration. Especially devoted to traditional botanical art, the seeds of this specialty were planted during her undergraduate years at Pace University where she had the good fortune to study illustration with Carol Ann Morley. Further studies in fine art (Lyme Academy of Art) and illustration (Paier College of Art) culminated at the New York Botanical Garden where she now teaches in the botanical illustration program. A highly sought-after instructor of drawing, colored pencil, and watercolor, she also offers specialty classes such as gilding on paper and drawing natural science. She maintains active memberships with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA); the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society; the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group; and serves on the Board of the Connecticut Botanical Society. A long-time member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Greater New York Chapter, she served on the Board of Directors for 9 years. Her recent 2- term Presidency marked a time which saw the chapter enriched with new endeavors and accomplishments, including outreach to other organizations; greatly expanding the scope of its educational mission; and developing the idea of traveling art exhibitions to reach larger audiences. In 2003 she created the first of these shows featuring Connecticut invasive plants which opened at the Weir Farm, Wilton, CT, traveled throughout the state, and was on view at the Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven for 2 years. This marked the first time the Museum displayed original artwork in one of its exhibition halls, and her artwork was selected by the museum for its publicity campaigns. Her artwork is found in many private and public collections; published on Dig-It online magazine; and is featured on Legion Paper Corporation's website. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally including the Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR; the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences, Denver, CO; the New York State Museum, Albany, NY; and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA. She is passionately interested in the illustration and preservation of native woodland plants.