An exhibition of the paintings from the Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE) book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, will be held February 15 to June 15, 2014 at the U. S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. My painting of the pinxter azalea is in this book and will be on display at the exhibit.
What surprised me about this project is how hard it was to find specimens from which to work. This plant is not rare, but it is not in bloom for very long. It took me three years to complete the project, because each time I found a stand of the plant, it was in bloom only for a few days and each year I had to find a new stand because the original plants had been destroyed by development or mowed down. It reminded me how important it is to preserve flowers like this, even though they are common now, their future is not assured.