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.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Member Patricia Greenberg Illustrates Park Guide

When asked how she spent her summer at a recent RMSBA Member Meeting, Patricia Greenburg replied, "Most of the summer 2013 has been spent working on these illustrations for a children's book about Rocky Mountain National Park ... it will be a guide to the history of the park, written by Patricia Pickering and Patricia Washburn (seems like you had to be named "Patricia" to work on this project!). It will include historic photographs as well as my drawings of the local flora & fauna ... it's been so much fun to do.
Cover Art, 7x7", watercolor wash & colored pencil on smooth Bristol board, Patricia Greenberg

Each of the animals on the cover will act as guides along the existing roads in the park ... they will highlight sights along the way & point out animals & plants you may see in the area. Right now the copy is being edited & I still have 2 more drawings to finish. We hope to have it published by the spring of 2014, just in time for the 100th anniversary (2015) of RMNP. Hope this is something you were looking for & thanks for the opportunity.

Page 6, 8x10", watercolor wash & colored pencil on smooth Bristol board, Patricia Greenberg

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ancient Art of Fore-edge Painting Discovered

As artists grounded in traditional painting, it's always exciting to hear about other lesser-known traditional arts. The University of Iowa has a treasure trove of fore-edge painted books. Known as "secret paintings," they are only visible when the edge is fanned correctly. Click here to see more of this amazing art form.  
Secret Fore Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa seasons painting illustration fore edge painting books

Friday, November 8, 2013

New Gallery Opens with RMSBA Member

Valkarie Gallery originated from the creative minds of founding members Frank Farrar, Valerie Savarie and Karrie York. Together, they envisioned a space where they could collectively create and display their art. A place where they could invite a diverse collection of artists to exhibit their work and whose art greatly inspired the creation of their own. Both gallery and working studio, Valkarie is owned and run by artists, for artists and invites the community to join us in the celebration of all things creative! RMSBA member Dorothy DePaulo is a contributing member to this new gallery.

Opening and Inaugural Exhibition: November 1, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Valkarie Gallery
445 South Saulsbury Street
Lakewood, CO

Find out more by clicking here.

Dorothy's featured piece is Mesquite, colored pencil on film, which was recently purchased by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for their permanent collection. Congratulations, Dorothy.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Illustrated by RMSBA Artist, Book Event Benefits Judi's House


RMSBA member Dorothy DePaulo illustrated Pam McClelland's tale, Turn It Around Sadie. Told in rhyme and charmingly illustrated, this uplifting story will empower children and their parents to perservere in difficult times.
This event benefits Judi's House, started by Brian Griese in memory of his mother who he lost when he was 12 years old. In November of 2002, he opened the doors to Judi's House, helping children find hope and healing after the loss of a special person. It's available for only $9.95 at this happy event.
You're invited to an FAC, with food, wine and a purppose - making Turn it Around Sadie available free to families participating in programs at Judi's House in 2014. Pam and Dorothy will donate a book for every book purchased during November and December. This book is a great Chrismas gift for your family and young friends.
The specifics: When: Friday, November 8, 2013, 4- 7 PM
                       Where: Judi's House
                                    7655 Robb Street
                                    Arvada, CO 80005
                       Contact: 303.526.9734, RSVP if possible