Links, Books and Supplies

new!   Color Charts and Class Handouts for downloading

These are handouts I have created in the past few months and that I will update as I expand or edit them. Hopefully they are helpful. Enjoy.

Also new, a link to my album of Tiles and Patterns I photographed in Spain- some inspiration!

A few of my favorite places:

Northern California Society of Botanical Artists

American Society of Botanical Artists

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

New York Botanical Garden, Botanical Illustration Certificate Program


John Muir Laws, Journaling and Nature Artist and Teacher

Wendy Hollender, Colored Pencil Artist

Ann Swan, Colored Pencil Artist

Susan Fisher, All things color-mixing and beyond!

Mindy Lighthipe, Botanical Artist, bugs, beasts and botanicals!

Katie Lee, Botanical Artist, graphite, birds, wonderful words

Places I go to buy pencils and other art supplies:

Riley Street,  Santa Rosa, Faber-Castell, Prismacolors, 

Art and Soul, Sebastopol, Prismacolors and Faber-Castell and Lyra. 

Lenz Art, Santa Cruz, Caran d’Ache Pablos, Faber-Castell, Prismacolor

Art Supply Warehouse, Westminster, Faber-Castell, Prismacolor, Derwent

New Independently owned Flax store in San Mateo

Support your local art supply store!

Books I highly recommend:

Colored Pencil Techniques

Swan, Ann,  Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencil

Hollender, Wendy, Botanical Drawing in Color  ,

Borgeson, Bet, Colored Pencil for the Serious Beginner

Gildow, Janie and Barbara Benedetti, Colored Pencil Solution Book

Botany and Botanical Illustration:

Dowden, Anne Ophelia, The Clover and the Bee and From Flower to Fruit

King, Bente Starke, Beautiful Botanicals.

Simblet, Sarah, Botany for Artists (my favorite book right now) and a link to a wonderful video interview with Sarah Simblet on drawing and composition.


“I never read, I just look at pictures.”…Andy Warhol




  • “The function of the artist is to provide what life does not”… Tom Robbins