As an engineer I was always amazed at the elegance in the lines of plants. Sometimes they look very weak: fine thread of the stem holds big and heavy flowers. But how well they work. They withstand the beating from wind and rain.
To see this beauty we need to stop and watch closely, but we are so hasty and preoccupied.
In my life I often heard: "What do you gaze at, it is only an ordinary leaf? What did you see in it?" But now, when I can show what I see through my pictures, I hear, "Where did you find so beautiful a leaf?"
I find my lovely subjects everywhere: in the forest, in the garden, on a walk with my granddaughters in the park, in the grocery shop. There is so much beauty around us to warm our heart and soul.
The style of Botanical illustration is familiar to me because 20 years of scientific work taught me to see and analyze details, because the details very often hide an essence of the object. And I like to show and share more information about them. Science illustration attracts me by combining information and beauty.
The goals of every botanical illustrator are to depict a plant or its parts in accurate detail so that it is identifiable, and to show its growth habits. I try to keep this way and I hope my audience will discover in my paintings something interesting for them.