Prunus sp.Autumn plum leaves water color© 2015 Nels Broste
Lilium chalcedonicumLilies of the field graphite and water color© 2015 Nels Broste
Wild mushroom trilogy water color© 2014 Nels Broste
After retiring from a career in computer systems engineering I wanted to rekindle long dormant interests in drawing and water color. There was a show and demonstration in Loveland of botanical art and illustration by instructors from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in the Denver Botanical Gardens. I knew that was what I wanted to try. After several years of commuting to Denver I competed the certificate program in botanical art and illustration in 2014. This program is built on a well-established tradition of portraying plants for scientific purposes, recording vanishing species for historical record, or rendering the beauty and inspiration in the flora of the world around us. The combination of science and art has inspired and challenged me to interpret and share the beauty in the natural world with my friends.