Mindy Lighthipe holds a BFA, cum laude in studio arts and a MA in Art Education from Kean University in New Jersey. Her love of Natural Science brought her to the New York Botanical Gardens to study scientific illustration. At the Garden she completed the Botanical Illustration certification and the Master’s Certification for “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” with Dr. Betty Edwards. Mindy taught scientific and botanical illustration and coordinated the program from 1995-2005 for the New York Botanical Gardens Botanical Illustration Program. She developed a 250 hour curicculum for a Natural Science Certification Program at NYBG in 2001. As a freelance artist she has created work for the Entomological Society, The North Carolina Aquarium, The Audubon Society, Kitchen Garden Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and numerous environmental giftware companies. As a fine artist she has had several one-woman shows; The New York Botanical Garden Gallery, Cyanamid Corporation, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and the Audubon Society, The Florida Museum of Natural History. She has participated in group shows at The Albany State Museum, Schering Plough, Nabisco Corporation, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, The Bruce Museum and The Watchung Arts Center. In 2010 she won a Silver Medal at the Horicultural Scoiety in London for her insect lifecycle paintings. Her work is owned in private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad. In 2011 Mindy moved to Florida and currently teaches Scientific Illustration at the University of Florida. She also teaches online and leads art and photography tours to Central America. To find out more about Mindy Lighthipe, her art, classes and tours visit: http://www.MindyLighthipe.com or contact Mindy at: Mlighthipe@mac.com 352-226-0949.