The History of Botanical Art recounts the colorful history of this timeless art form dating back to 1500 BC up to the present. The lecture will focus on several noted artists and their work as well as several important florilegia – collections of botanical paintings depicting the plants growing in a particular garden or collected during a voyage of exploration.
Catherine Watters is a botanical artist and instructor who has taught at Filoli for the past 20 years and at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden for 10 years. Additionally, she teaches yearly classes in France and at Wellesley College near Boston. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artist, currently serving on the Board of Directors. Her paintings appear in numerous publications and are included in several permanent collections in the U.S., France, England and Australia. She co-founded several florilegia, most recently Le Florilège de Brécy in France and The Alcatraz Florilegium.