Libby Kyer has been teaching colored pencil arts for over 15 years. She is on faculty at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, and presents workshops on nature-based art around the country and at selected sites internationally.
As a professed control freak, she finds the demands of realism satisfy her love of nature and her passion for intricate detail. She believes humans are hard-wired to make order out of chaos. Finding the order in nature helps us to understand life in all its aspects.
Her favorite medium is colored pencil. “I find the medium leads you, taking you to new explorations as an artist.” Colored pencil can be used on so many grounds, and new pigment formulations provide the artist with lightfast, archival, rich pigments that rival oil and watercolor hues. Colored pencils are portable, and allow her to take her art with her wherever she goes.
Her award-winning works have been included in national and international juried exhibits and are in public, corporate, and private collections including the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in the U.S., as well as in national and international publications. With co-author Cora Marcus, Libby created Today’s Botanical Artists (Schiffer Publishing), designing the book herself, a compendium of the works of 65 accomplished contemporary North American botanical artists, available through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and other fine bookstores in the US, England and Scotland.
Libby has taught core classes for botanical art, museum classes for enactors portraying historic artists, gallery talks/walks, 1-, 2-, 3- day and week-long classes in botanical art techniques as well as media-specific non-botanical classes. She is a warm and supportive teacher.