Drawing on Nature: Flora and Fauna
The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Northwest
The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists
January 15 – April 1, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
The exhibit is displayed in the level 2 Hallway.
GNSI-NW and the PNBA are nonprofit organizations made up of professional and amateur artists dedicated to generating awareness of our surrounding ecosystems. PNBA’s focus is primarily on botanical illustrations, but may also show the symbiotic relationship of a plant with its habitat, insects or other wildlife. GNSI-NW has a broader perspective, which includes botanical, animal, and mineral subjects in various formats such as medical science and interpretive art.
The skills and techniques represented in the artwork in this exhibit will reflect hundreds of years of knowledge accumulated by artists who have studied and worked to master their media. Scientific illustration demands a complex understanding of process, techniques, tools, and subject matter in order to move beyond the skills to render a nice picture. The abilities of a science illustrator must also communicate to viewers a sense of appreciation and impart a more intimate knowledge of the subject and at the same time appeal to aesthetic principles.