Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hope your New Year is going well



Artists’ Reception for Lost in the Woods at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado, is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2020, 2 – 5 pm. Good news from this venue: Patty Whalen sold her piece and Jeanne Benson sold one of hers! [deletion] Congratulations to these artists.

ASBA encourages us to pay our 2020 dues (newly enlarged) on the ASBA web page forthwith and posthaste (by February 12). Remember to check off the box for RMSBA. The MotherShip did send us all mailers in the fall, soliciting contributions to the ASBA General Fund, etc. Our RMSBA Treasurer, Vanessa Martin, might welcome some small gifts to our own General Fund, also tax deductible.

RMSBA Exhibits! We plan two exhibits to prepare for 2020. We encourage artists to participate as committee members for each of these efforts, as well as presenting your skilled portrayals. Proposals and subject lists are in preparation.

From Platte to Peak” calls for illustration of plant specimens collected by Edwin James during the first actual scientific expedition to the western High Plains, led by Major Stephen H. Long, during the summer of 1820. Many plants are familiar and widely dispersed, and you may have some depictions of them in your extended portfolio. The Call for Entry is at Online Juried Shows, open now and closing August 15, 2020. Martha Narey is the contact for the James Plant List.

Plant – Insect Intersections” calls for renderings of the insect and arachnid collection – and associated plants, of course – held by the CU Museum of Natural History, to open in early 2021. The Call will be posted to Online Juried Shows, and Vanessa Martin will be the contact.

More information will appear on this Blog and via MailChimp. Do plan to attend the Sunday, February 23, 2020 Member Meeting (Gates Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens) for details and presentations about these shows. We want your artwork!


Feathers and Flora is ending at the CU Museum of Natural History. Information about future venues will be forthcoming, but we can report that Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail is interested.

Upcoming opportunities for 2020 include April’s Gathering of the Guilds in Golden and July’s Tagawa Gardens Lavender Festival, High Plains Iris Society Sale, and the RMSBA Show and Sale. Cards, small prints, handmade sketchbooks, and such have done well at GoG. The Tagawa people love demonstrations: last year we took them silverpoint, colored pencil, and carbon dust. Work up your demonstration, and come to Tagawa, not forgetting to bring your cards, small prints, handmade sketchbooks, etc.

Cannabis: A Visual Perspective has formally closed, but a new lease on view-life for most of the pieces, along with some supplemental botanical works to be solicited soon, will come during April, as La Cour Bistro and Art Bar will have them on display [La cour is French for The Court]. More information about that coming right up.

National Western Stock Show was waaay warmer than we’re used to this year. The Coors Western Art Show was especially good. The K-12 Art Show was very entertaining, and we can probably expect to hear from some of those youngsters. The Wool Show is always interesting – it’s far beyond the Rodeo experience.
Best in Show - "First Response"
Editor's Favorite

For our Prez
DAM! You have three more days to try to see the Monet exhibit in the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum. Also truly wonderful is The Light Show, including Lucas Samaras’ beautiful Corridor #2 (up until May). Go ye and see.

Editor's Favorite

Corridor #2


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Get out the Sparklin’ – Here’s to Better Days in 2020!


Alert! The Lost in the Woods Artists’ Reception at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado, on January 4, 2020, 1 – 4 pm, IS CANCELLED for that date, because of heavy weather and avalanche peril. Perhaps we can postpone the party for a bit...

ASBA encourages us to pay our 2020 dues (newly enlarged), and do check off the box for RMSBA, on the ASBA web page forthwith and posthaste (by February 10). The MotherShip also sent us all mailers in the fall, soliciting contributions to the ASBA General Fund, etc. Our RMSBA Treasurer, Vanessa Martin, might welcome some small gifts to our own General Fund from the occasional member, also tax deductible.

Cannabis: A Visual Perspective has been dismounted from the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Your Editor stopped by the gallery for a quick visit before pre-Graduation events began – and found them repacking our bags, which they love, by the way. Museum staff was very engaging about the collaboration they had with the Biology Department and Aurum Labs cannabis testing laboratory in Durango to develop supporting displays. Many educational tours of our works in that setting, with area fourth-grade visitors expressing high interest in the exhibit; lots of traffic. They love RMSBA and are proud of our collaborations. We love them right back.


















Exhibits for 2020! We plan two exhibits. We encourage artists to participate as committee members for each of these efforts, as well as presenting your skilled portrayals. Proposals and subject lists are in preparation.

Plant – Insect Intersections“ calls for renderings of the insect and arachnid collection – and associated plants, of course – held by the CU Museum of Natural History. Vanessa Martin is the contact.

From Platte to Peak” calls for illustration of specimens collected by Edwin James during the first actual scientific expedition to the western High Plains, led by Major Stephen H. Long, during the summer of 1820. Martha Narey is the contact.

More information will appear on this Blog and via MailChimp. Do plan to attend the Sunday, February 23, 2020 Member Meeting (Gates Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens) for details and presentations about these upcoming opportunities.

Your board of directors for 2020-2021, listed below. If you want to serve RMSBA by joining the board, please consider how you might steer your talents in that direction. Members serve two-year terms, unless extended.
President - Carol Till
Vice President - open
Treasurer – Vanessa Martin
Recording Secretary – Kristi Czaijkowski
Exhibits Co-Chairs – Dorothy DePaulo and Sharon Garrett
Programs – Judy Vanderbosch
Special Projects – Irma Sturgell
Communications Editor – Martha Narey

2019 Review. Three exhibits on the road: Cannabis: A Visual Perspective; Lost in the Woods; Feathers and Flora: A Natural Relationship. Show and Sales: Gathering of the Guilds; Tagawa Gardens’ Lavender Festival. Meetings: Boulder, Lakewood, and the Rocky Mountain Land Library in Denver. Holiday Party in Centennial. Workshops: Dorothy DePaulo’s Colored Pencil on Mylar at Valkarie, Tom Mazzullo’s Silverpoint at the LAAC.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Diggin’ Out Again – But We’re Grateful for the Moisture


Nov 28


Reminder: Holiday Party on December 8, 1 – 4 pm, at the lovely abode of Irma Sturgell, to whom you should RSVP (303-349-5263), so that she will send you her address near South University and County Line Road.

Your board of directors has been infiltrated by volunteers and for 2020-2021 will consist as listed below. If you want to serve RMSBA by joining the board, please consider how you might steer your talents in that direction. These members serve two-year terms, unless extended.
President - Carol Till
Vice President - open
Treasurer – Vanessa Martin
Recording Secretary – Kristi Czaijkowski
Exhibits Co-Chairs – Dorothy DePaulo and Sharon Garrett
Programs – Judy Vanderbosch
Special Projects – Irma Sturgell
Communications Editor – Martha Narey

Exhibits forthcoming! For 2020, we plan to mount two exhibits. One depicts the insect and arachnid collection – and associated vegetation, of course – held by the CU Museum of Natural History, and the other will illustrate specimens collected by the first actual scientific expedition to the western High Plains in 1820, led by Major Stephen H. Long. Information will be coming your way on this Blog and via MailChimp. Do plan to attend the February 23, 2020 Member Meeting (Gates Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens) for details and presentations about these upcoming opportunities.

Workshops! Next year, plan to attend an RMSBA workshop: Calligraphy, Sketchbooks, Quill pens (actual!), and Lino prints are in the offing for 2020. More information soon.

Reminder: Lost in the Woods Opening Reception at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado, on January 4, 2020, 1 – 4 pm. Barring major weather events and avalanches, please do come join the party.

Cannabis: A Visual Perspective remains on display at the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. Stop by on your way to Grand Canyon for Christmas break…

ASBA is bringing on a new logo for 2020:
When this appears in January, you will know what it is.



Thursday, October 31, 2019

Shovelin’ Out – Mind the Trick-or-Treaters in the Snowbank…

The Member Meeting at Rocky Mountain Land Library on September 29 was sparsely attended, but those who did enjoyed themselves immensely. Teresa Burkert won the Door Prize, a lovely hand-bound sketchbook from the prolific studio of Judy Vanderbosch. Several guests came and asked many questions of the artists and the Librarians, Jeff Lee and Anne Miller.



















The RMSBA Board met earlier that day. We are glad to announce that a new meeting schedule will shortly be published, and we will conduct meetings at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2020. More info will be forthcoming. The Board meets on November 10 to plan next year’s activities. Please bring to the attention of a board member any suggestions, concerns, or new ideas so they may be discussed.

Published Illustrator? If your illustrations are included in an ASBA Small Works Catalog or two, in either (or both) of SBAI’s Practice Makes Perfect volumes, or other book or catalog, or a magazine or a website where your work is shown, this InfoBud’s for you, from our colleagues at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Thank you, Taina Litwak, for this:

Hi All - Check it out.

If you are a published illustrator (with minimum of 3 publications with ISBN numbers) and [have] not already signed up/joined ASCRL - the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, you really should join. And if you are a member and have hesitated to sign onto one of the open claims, please do not hesitate.  The system is working well now.  The second claim just paid out and a third will open next month.  I am on the ASCRL Advisory Board and I want as many illustrators to benefit as possible.
Many GNSI members got bank deposits from these claim payments last week.  The more of us who join, the better the position ASCRL will be in to receive more funds from other international Reprographic Rights Organizations.  The 2 payments so far have just been from only two RRO's, (Pictorights of the Netherlands and BUS (Bildupphovsr√§tt i Sverige) of Sweden).  It’s a big world out there, and many countries collect non-title-specific reprographic monies and are charged by the laws of their countries to get the money to the creatives who made the images.

Cheers - Taina

Cite the publication number (ISBN), along with title of the illustration, which does not have to be registered individually with the copyright office. You may be eligible for a surprise bonus check for your work – don’t let that get away!

Congratulations to Linda Feltner, Bird Maven, of the GNSI. The Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in China has purchased her "Where Eagles Dare" for their Art Collection. Transparent watercolor, 27x50", of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) at Chiricahua National Monument. Linda met their representatives at the 2017 GNSI Conference Portfolio Review in Asheville, NC, told they were there scouting artists. They found the painting on her web page. She recommends “… bring your stuff to the Portfolio Review! Not only [do] you share your amazing skills with friends and colleagues, we never know how such exchange will later develop.”


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Last Week of Summer, Aspenpeeper Season Looms, Still Hot


Open Meeting September 29. Here are the details:


Congratulations to colored pencil master and RMSBA member Heidi Snyder, whose work was accepted into ASBA’s 22nd Annual International Exhibition, this year opening in Fort Ross, CA.

16 September – Mexico Independence Day. Immediate results were not forthcoming in 1810 after Hidalgo’s Cry (“el grito”) to rise up against the Crown. It took years of struggle, but in 1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain and declared slavery illegal in its domain. Subsequent conquest by British incursions from the south and US invasions from the north and east, as well as local resistance to government from Mexico City such as the Texas situation, reduced the land base of the country.

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2020 is a Leap Year, and a MoPrints year. If you’re in the print lane of our artistic pursuit, be getting’ ready for the big event. We’re looking forward to it.