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I’m looking into the lens of a vintage Spencer microscope, once belonging to a genetics laboratory and now to a botanical artist. Magnified 30X, a twig covered in moss and lichen transforms into a forest of feathery emerald trees and giant speckled mushrooms. At 60X, the lichen reveals a mottled texture, like the filmy tissue in an emptied pomegranate. A bit of pink scallop shell looks like the flaky iridescent surface of hard candy. I’m feeling a sense of intimacy with objects I had thought I knew well.....
March 4, 2020
A Botanical Artist's Guide to Microscopes
 I have an article in the March 2020 issue of the Botanical Artist Journal, the magazine publication of the American Society of Botanical Artists! A Botanical Artist's Guide to Microscopes is Available here in full, posted with permission.
 Reproduced with permission from the American Society of Botanical Artists. Article originally appeared in The Botanical Artist, (Volume 26, Issue 1, 2020) (c)ASBA
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UPCOMING EXHIBIT 
POSTPONED until a later date! Stay tuned:) I will have a painting in this local exhibit in Seattle, along with many talented and wonderful botanical artists and illustrators! Also, sales benefit a treasure of a library devoted to books on plants, botany, and gardening at the Elizabeth C Miller Botanical Gardens:
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