As an avid gardener, I am enthralled by the beauty and diversity of the plant world. Whether it’s the blossoms of ornate lilies and delicate violets or the intriguing forms of sprouting ferns and ripening fruits, the shapes, patterns, and colors of the garden are an endless source of fascination for me.
Likewise, many artists draw great inspiration from gardens and the wider world of nature. Whether capturing a plant’s growth in a photograph or rendering flower buds in sterling silver, these artists do more than simply record what they see—they interpret the natural world through the lens of their own experience. Here are several works of art I particularly love—pieces that explore the details of the botanical world in creative, original ways.
Laura Zindel creates elegant ceramic pieces decorated with intricate drawings. Each image is first drawn with graphite on paper, then transferred onto the surface of her hand-built earthenware pieces through a screenprinting process. I love the way she captures the spiraled form of new fern leaves in a graceful, symmetrical composition.