The traditional fine art and science of botanical drawing started during the English exploration period in the early 1800’s. Survey ships, such as Darwin’s HMS Beagle,  carried naturalists whose job was to collect specimens and describe all the flora and fauna. This was before photography, so the best way to record a plant was to draw it as carefully and accurately as possible. Naturalists used pencil, ink and watercolor. All my botanical drawings are made with color pencil, and are life-sized. Measurements range from 9″ x 9″ (Red Oak) to 22″ x 30″ (Globe Artichoke).