Susan DiMarchi is a visual artist with a diverse background in painting, glass design, botanical illustration and plant landscapes. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada, and featured in many publications. Susan’s glass is in the permanent collection of Contemporary Glass at the Corning Museum in New York. She received her certificate in Botanical Illustration from the Denver Botanic Gardens and has since joined the core instructors in the Botanical Art and Illustration Program teaching Colored Pencil and Pen and Ink. Susan’s plant illustrations also grace the front of many Botanical Interests seed packets.
So, enough about me for now—what I really want to talk about today is Botanical Interests commitment to art and artist development.
During a recent podcast Radio Garden’s Andrew Keys talked to a few Botanical Interests artist about botanical illustration and the role this very old art form plays in contemporary art. One of the things we agreed on was the notion that botanical illustration gives the viewer information that may not be captured in a photograph. Illustrators draw from a personal perspective, creating a nuance of color, form and context that, while striving to be true to the plant’s anatomical detail, is filtered through the style and experience of the artists. This “plant portrait” produces emotions, memories or curiosity in the viewer, much like experiencing a painting in a museum.
What Botanical Interests does every day is take botanical art off the walls and put it into the hands of gardeners everywhere, giving it a fresh look and purpose.
Judy and Curtis not only promote and support the botanical art community by displaying our work on over 500 seed packets, but they endow scholarships at the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Each year they pick new artists graduating from this program, and give them the chance to publish their art nationally through commissions for seed packets. Their passion for plants has created this amazing seed company, as well as nurturing botanical illustration and the artist who create it.
As one of the artists illustrating for BI, I am excited that we have this venue to show others just how beautiful the plant world can be. Growing up in the Midwest, I watched my grandfather create amazing seasonal garden displays with flowers and vegetables. His influence inspires the natural motifs in my glass, my paintings and illustrations and, of course, in my own gardens. Here is some of my work.
In recent years I have worked mainly on paper, but my glass work involved sandblasted designs (many floral) and hot glass attachments.
Susan’s Echinacea ‘Purple Coneflower’ is the Botanical Print of the month. The ready to frame print and seed packet is available for a limited time only.