Land_AcquisitionI am honored — and very excited — to be teaching a two-day workshop at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the most remarkable ecosystems in the Gulf Coast region. Set for Friday and Saturday, May 9 – 10, this wonderful event is co-sponsored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and is called Artist-Naturalist Workshop: An Introduction to Botanical Art. It’s designed for anyone with a interest in the natural world, regardless of art experience.

feature-ourestuaryIn addition to sessions on field drawing, basic botanical art techniques, drawing microscopic plant material, working with watercolor and colored pencil, and art journaling, we’ll also go on a daily plant walk (one day freshwater habitat, the next day saltwater habitat) and see the estuary up close during a sunset kayak paddle.  My co-instructors, coastal ecologist Jen Buchanan and WAMA education director Melissa Johnson, bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to our schedule. This will be a creative adventure that will sharpen your powers of observation and change the way you see (and draw) plants. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

feature-greenParticipants may spend the night Friday — Grand Bay NERR has dormitory accommodations — and both breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday. If you live in the area and prefer to go home at night, that’s fine, too. The cost of the two-day workshop is $95 (or $85 for Walter Anderson Museum members) and the number of spaces is limited. This event is expected to fill very quickly. The complete itinerary for both days, plus additional info and a registration form, can be printed by clicking this link:


To sign up, call Melissa Johnson at 228-872-3164.