Banner artwork: Yara Anderson, Beta vulgaris, Golden Beets, watercolor, 9.5" x 9.5", 2009. This piece will be published in the catalog for the 12th annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition in New York, organized by The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) & The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY).
About her work, Anderson writes: "I grew up in a small village in The Netherlands. My mother was an avid gardener, and I learned to love flowers early on. In 1994, I graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from the Rijks Universiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, specializing in medicinal plants. This led to a six-month research project in India and Nepal.
Upon moving to the USA, I studied realistic sculpture at the Minnesota River School of Fine Arts. I started working as a museum fabrication artist in 1998, building botanically accurate plant, tree, and insect models. In 2006, I enrolled in the certificate program at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art."
About the artist: Yara Anderson lives in South Minneapolis with her husband Thor, her sons, Haakon and Bjorn and their dog Bear. She has shown her work at The Gallery at Filoli, for the American Society of Botanical Artists & New York Horticultural Society, the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale, and the Bloomington Art Center.
Yara Anderson's work is now on view as part of the exhibition, Contemporary Botanicals, on display in the Groveland Gallery Annex in Minneapolis now through August 29.
Image credits: (Middle right) Rosehips, watercolor, 7.5 " x 7 ", 2008. Photo (bottom left) courtesy of the artist. (Bottom right)
Fly Agaric, watercolor, 9" x 12.5", 2007.