What artists have to say about the Botanical Realism Series


Paula Dow: Creation inspiring, inviting and drawing me in.

We asked Oregon paper artist Paula Dow to define Botanical Realism in their own words after completing the series. 

Creation. Working with four incredible instructors then making their flowers is a study in Creation. Opening my eyes, they helped me see the rim around each Daisy petal, speckles on a Shirley Poppy, and the amazing bare Poppy seed pod or the shine of the Buttercup flower and the perfect way the petals fit. Hydrangeas are the feast of petals and pips. Creation inspiring, inviting and drawing me in. Creation filling me and rising in me. I did my best to imitate Mother Nature and recreate each flower.

Kathy Pankratz : Truly magical.


We asked Manitoba paper artist Kathy Pankratz if they have any instructors words still in their head?

Who/what do they hear?

What I hear more than words is tone.

Each instructor used her particular tone to lead the student through many steps towards a final product. Each used precise instruction mixed with warmth and humour to convey her process. But each instructor also had her own unique tone. This enhanced the richness of the learning experience.

Donna Donaldson: Using art to trick the eye into believing it is a living flower.


We asked Massachusetts paper artist Donna Donaldson what they most enjoyed about the Botanical Realism certificate program as a series? 

I would have to say each artists’ approach in their flower making. Also learning new techniques to use to further my own exploration of paper flowers.

Meet the masters of botanical realism from around the world.


Kelly Pastorek, USA

Natasha Vourdanos, Australia

Stine Berg Evensen, the Netherlands

Gem Weir, UK



Click each name to learn more about their courses and the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Botanical Realism from Flower and Jane.


More words of praise for the series from artists...

Emma Laurence: A gentle homage to nature.


We ask paper artist Emma Laurence of Adelaide: what did you most enjoy about the Botanical Realism certificate program as a series? 

Each of the teachers brought me new techniques to learn, new approaches to doing things, and completely different challenges. I know I have come out of the program with elevated skills, a greater understanding of the structures of flowers, and a deeper appreciation of nature. I think I'm a better paper artist because of it.

Jessica Wilgus: A lot of work, but the end results are completely worth the effort.


Jessica Wilgus, a paper artist from Washington, defined Botanical Realism in their own words after taking the four courses. 

Botanical Realism is emulation of nature's ordered patterns and variation - even disarray - in paper sculpture. The ability to trick the eye and brain on first or third glance into believing that it was grown and not built.

Dana Tezanos-Pinto: The end product will look so real that the viewer has to do a double take.


California paper artist Dana Tezanos-Pinto shared this as their favorite part of the series:

The sheer number skills and knowledge I received by taking all the courses! The skills are very transferrable for working on other flowers. Also it's a huge sense of accomplishment completing the program as I was very intimidated and nervous about my ability to create anything that even closely resembled the beautiful work of the artists teaching. I've finished the program with so much more confidence in my abilities.


Thank you from the Featured Artists

 

Meet the masters of botanical realism from around the world.


Kelly Pastorek, USA

Natasha Vourdanos, Australia

Stine Berg Evensen, the Netherlands

Gem Weir, UK





Click each name to learn more about their courses and the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Botanical Realism from Flower and Jane.