Dwarf nagoonberry© Barbara Johnson
Labrador lousewort© Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson's interest in botanical art sprung from her love of gardening and her unwillingness to pull every single weed, especially the native wildflowers. She discovered that sometimes what starts out as a humble weed turns out to be a beautiful native wildflower. Dividing her time between Alaska and the state of Washington, she maintains a wildflower garden at her home in Alaska where she only removes the invasive species. She has a particular interest in plant morphology which led her to take botany and biology classes at the University of Washington, where she graduated with a business degree. She has taken art classes, when available, through parks department programs. Although she has taken several art classes through the Olympic Peninsula College, she still considers herself a novice.
Her preferred medium is colored pencil on paper. She was the featured artist at the 2008 annual Sequim Soroptimist Garden Show where her colored pencil rendition of daffodils was selected for the garden show poster.