Plantago pictaWoolly plantain Ink© copyright 2011 Bobbi Angell
Lagenaria sicerariaBottle Gourd Etching© copyright 2011 Bobbi Angell
Malus domesticaApple Hand colored etching© copyright 2010 Bobbi Angell
Paullinia prevostianaInk© copyright 2011 Bobbi Angell
RibesCurrants Ink© copyright 2011 Bobbi Angell
Rosa blandaWild rose Watercolor© copyright 2012 Bobbi Angell
Bobbi Angell illustrates and cultivates plants at her solar-powered homestead in southern Vermont. Since 1978, she has been drawing plants for the botanists of The New York Botanical Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, and other academic institutions, contributing her richly detailed line drawings to regional floras and monographs. Her scientific illustrations of tropical plants from the Caribbean and South America, including species new to science, are published in texts such as Flowering Plants of the Neotropics; Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana; Vines and Climbing Plants of Puerto Rico, and Intermountain Flora.
Another aspect of Bobbi's work depicts more familiar subjects. Pen and ink portraits of common and uncommon garden plants graced The New York Times weekly Garden Q and A column for many years. Illustrations are published in Our Life in Gardens and 1000 Gardening Questions & Answers, and appear in John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds and Van Engelen Bulb Co. catalogs and seed packets.
In recent years Bobbi has been working on a series of copper plate etchings of diverse botanical subjects. The etchings reflect her interest in fine detail and have allowed a satisfying and natural extension of her compositional style. Her elegant designs are drawn onto a ground on a copper plate, etched with acid, and hand printed in limited editions.
Bobbi’s etchings and line drawings have been exhibited widely, including several ASBA international exhibits. She was the 2006 recipient of Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London and ASBA Award for Excellence in the Service of Science.