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, April 10, 2014

Check out these Workshops from GNSI

Registration for GNSI's annual conference, this year in BOULDER!!, is now open fully. Thought we'd remind you. There are some great workshops, presentations, field trips and more. So, review what's offered, then you can go directly to the official registration website with live links throughout the listings below.

GNSI 2014 Conference Registration Is Open!

Join us in Boulder, where the mountains meet the plains!

Come and enjoy a one of a kind experience and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow illustrators in a beautiful setting. The Conference is filled with presentations, workshops and field trips designed to inspire. Some concentrate on technique, with experts in drawing, painting, scratchboard, block printing, Photoshop, Illustrator, and digital devices sharing their expertise. Others focus on the gritty details of making a living in this challenging, but exciting career. With so many choices, participants can customize their learning experience under the inspirational setting of Boulder’s Flatirons and modern CU campus.

Register before May 30th and SAVE $50 on Full Registration!

Review the offerings on the conference website:


  • Live Animal Drawing
  • Building Backgrounds for Animal Subjects
  • Sculpting Insects in Polymer and Wire
  • Beginning Photoshop
  • Make Your Own Sketchbook, Then Use It!
  • Sketch A Storybook
  • Discovering Scratchboard Techniques
  • Colored Pencil Possibilities
  • Painting Small Animals
  • Osteology Sketching
  • From Sketch to Print
  • Intermediate Photoshop
  • Modeling in 3DS Max
  • Adobe Illustrator for Science Illust: Symbols
  • Sculpting Fossils, 2-day workshop
  • Watercolor, 2-day workshop
  • Social Media for Artists
  • Personal productivity with your iPad
  • Contract and Copyright

  • Dinosaur Ridge
  • Eldorado/Fowler Hike
  • CU Extravaganza
  • Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • NOAA Tour
  • Celestial/Dushanbe Teahouse
  • Avery Brew Pub
  • Denver Botanic Gardens/Natural History Museum
  • Rocky Mountain National Park, 2-day trip

  • Birth of the Beehive's Mesoamerica Resiste Illustration
  • Create Your Own Jobs and Get Paid to Travel
  • Using illustration to Teach 'Critical Looking' in a Zoology Lab
  • Making Photos and Art Press Ready
  • Hand-Painted Linoleum Block Prints
  • (Not Always) Funny Pages: Science Through Sequential Art
  • Marvelous Mucus: Learning about the Little-Known World of Land Snails
  • Tactile Graphics: Images for the Blind
  • Gyotaku -What your Third Grade Art teacher didn't tell you
  • Japan and its Fish Markets - a look at the fish art and culture of Japan
  • Saving a Tropical Jewel in the Heart of Vancouver
  • Nature Based Sculpture
  • iPad Tips and Tricks
  • How to Work Faster Photoshop: Shortcuts and File Setups
  • Ready, Set, Sell! Proactive Marketing Strategies
  • Teaching Illustration as a Biology Course
  • The case of the Missing Beak: Kati the Kea
  • Saving the Kakapo from extinction--Expedition to New Zealand
  • Creating backgrounds combining traditional and digital techniques
  • Art Creation From the Client's Point of View
  • Lighting and Textures: Optimizing Your Renders
  • Botanical Illustration–Then and Now
  • Illustrating Nature: Stylized Realism for Children’s Books
  • An Exploration in Public Health Communication
  • More to come....

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GNSI 2014 Conference In Boulder Open for Registration Now!

This is a great opportunity for botanical artists, with workshops available from some of the best artists in the business, including our own Susan Rubin. The poster gives you a taste of the many activities, and you can register online now! Workshops fill up quickly, so act now to reserve your spots.


Click HERE to go directly to the registration site.
Click HERE for more information about the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sometimes, a good read is the best inspiration...

When you are casting about for inspiration, or even just motivation, a good art newsletter is a nice place to start getting involved. To that end, we've added a new gadget to the right, called Online Newsletter Nirvana. There are three links there now, and my personal favorite is the one from Prescott, AZ, which is witty, full of information, and has a bit of humor.


There are also newsletters that talk about art news daily, weekly or monthly, more aimed at the general world of art as business, news and entertainment. There are a couple of those included here also.

How about contributing your favorite online art site for our Nirvana listing. Just click HERE and email the address. We'll do the rest, and thanks for sharing!