by Kristin Jakob
Gallery hours: 2pm-6pm, Mon-Sat
My inspirations are to be found throughout the remarkable world of plants, from simplest weeds to elaborate horticultural creations, but my favorite subjects are the native plants of California. From a childhood spent exploring the wild places of California to the present time I spend designing and gardening with a wide diversity of plants, I have found an endless supply of botanical subjects to pay homage to through my art. Accuracy and beauty are equally important goals, and I intend my art to serve as a medium through which my chosen subjects can speak, as it were, for themselves, and reveal their exquisite characters to the viewer.
Born and raised in Marin County, California, Kristin grew up entranced by the region's extraordinary natural history. Encouraged to draw by artistic parents, she began illustrating animals, but shifted her focus to plants at the age of twelve when her family joined the California Native Plant Society.
Essentially self-taught, Kristin honed her technique at London's Royal College of Art, where she was awarded an M.A. in 1981. Kristin has exhibited widely in the United States and in London. She has self-published an ever-expanding line of cards and fine art prints, and selectively undertakes private and commercial commissions. Her award-winning botanical art has illustrated numerous journals and several books, and has graced packaging designs and educational posters. Published illustration commissions include a series of line drawings of California native plants for a UC Press book on their cultivation, a wildflower poster and a set of four placemats/posters depicting grasses, both for the California Native Plant Society.
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